Real Madrid's future number one is no closer to being confirmed as Los Blancos have been told they need to increase their offer for Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. So what could that mean for Manchester United?
According to the Daily Mail, Espanyol president Joan Collet has told Madrid they must improve on their most recent offer of £2.8 million if they are to prize the stopper away.
This latest announcement could have a knock on effect for United keepers David de Gea and Victor Valdes as the Spanish giants look to speed up proceedings following the sale of Iker Casillas to FC Porto.
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Speaking of Real’s latest offer for their 28-year-old keeper, Collet said: 'I told Real Madrid that Kiko is worth more than 4 million (Euros).
“We are at 4 million and for the time being we cannot accept it.”
Madrid have had their eye on Casilla, who has one cap for Spain, for some time but it was widely believed he would play understudy to De Gea once Madrid and United had agreed a transfer fee.
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It was widely believed the former Atletico Madrid and current United number one would be the man to take over long term from Casillas, but United are refusing to budge on their £30 million valuation of the 24-year-old.
De Gea is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford following his decision to reject the offer of contract talks and the top brass at United could force the keeper to see out the remaining 12 months of his deal before allowing him to leave for Madrid on a free transfer.
With Louis van Gaal stating he wanted any deal involving Madrid and De Gea to be complete before United embarked on their pre-season tour, which began yesterday, it would come as no surprise if the Dutch manager hold out.
It could possibly be a cheaper option for Madrid to use their current goalkeeper Keylor Navas along with Casilla, if they are willing to improve on their most recent offer and wait another year for De Gea, who is still a baby in goalkeeping years.
Another option that has been surfacing over the coming days is the possibility of Victor Valdes heading to the Bernabeu.
The former Barcelona stopper was left out of the squad for United's tour and has led to speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford. However, given his previous links with the Catalan giants it is hard (not impossible) to see Valdes at Madrid.
The 33-year-old recently tweeted a picture showing his determination to stay in Manchester, but the offer of regular first-team football could see him moving on to pastures new.
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