Manchester United believe it will be impossible for them to keep their unsettled goalkeeper David de Gea for another season and could subsequently agree a deal with Real Madrid within the next few days.
This is according to Spanish newspaper Marca, who understand that Real Madrid have turned their focus back to De Gea after finally getting the Sergio Ramos situation under control.
Ramos, who Manchester United wanted to sign in exchange for De Gea, is now expected to put pen to paper on a contract extension at the Bernabeu - although an agreement has not yet been reached between the player and club.
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Real Madrid have made room for De Gea in their squad by offloading long-serving goalkeeper Iker Casillas to FC Porto, with new signing Kiko Casilla set to assume the role of back-up keeper.
Keylor Navas, meanwhile, may need to find a new club if De Gea arrives - just 12 months after joining Los Blancos from Levante.
United holding out for £28 million
United, Marca claim, will allow De Gea to complete his dream move to Real Madrid if their €40 million (£28 million) valuation is met.
Real Madrid submitted an opening offer worth £13 million last month, but that was rejected by United, who were angered by the Spanish giants’ arrogance.
That United have already signed Argentina international Sergio Romero, and could also add Dutch star Jasper Cillessen to their ranks over the coming weeks, suggests the English club are resigned to losing De Gea.
The Spaniard, though, has conducted himself professionally throughout the summer and will leave Old Trafford with the best wishes of Manchester United if a fee is agreed between the two clubs.
Real Madrid convinced they need De Gea
Real Madrid, despite signing Casilla, are convinced they need De Gea this summer - although they are prepared to wait another 12 months if Manchester United decide they will not sell the world-class goalkeeper for any price.
De Gea may not have attempted to force through a transfer to Real Madrid this summer but there is very little chance of him performing a dramatic U-turn and signing a contract extension with the Red Devils this season, regardless of what happens over the next year.
United should do the deal
Manchester United will, of course, miss De Gea and replacing him won’t be easy - but it makes more sense for the club to move on this summer if possible.
This will allow them to cash-in on an unsettled player who would rather be elsewhere, rather than losing him for nothing next summer instead.
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