Real Madrid are preparing to make one last charge in their attempts to sign David de Gea this summer, and will issue Manchester United an ultimatum designed to break their resolve.
At least that’s what Spanish source ABC claims, with it said that Real are only willing to pay €25million plus another €5m in bonuses depending on trophies won and games played.
The trouble is that United want €35m up front, a fee that they believed Real would eventually consent to paying given their reputation for paying big sums in order to land top targets.
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Yet Los Blancos have remained steadfast on their stance of not being held to ransom, and with Keylor Navas and Kiko Casillas to choose from Rafael Benitez isn’t in any state of emergency.
ABC now say that as a result Real will offer United one last chance to do a deal for De Gea. If United aren’t prepared to positively respond to the forthcoming proposal then they run the risk of losing the Spain international for nothing when his contract expires next summer.
Navas the other way?
It’s believed part of the offer from the Santiago Bernabeu will include United having the option to sign Keylor Navas for €10m - the same fee Real paid Levante for his services last summer.
That puts Louis van Gaal in an obviously difficult position. On the one hand he can let De Gea leave before the season has properly got underway, which is thought to be what he wants if the 24-year-old is resigned to leaving the club, but on the other hand it would mean losing out on €10m cash and giving Real what they want for less than the Red Devils are happy with.
De GEa stance
To add further flavour to the pot it was claimed yesterday that De Gea wants to remain with his current club are has already told Van Gaal to play him.
A culmination is probably finally within sight. Whether it will bring the outcome many were anticipating remains to be seen.
United fans, do you think you’ll lose De Gea? Would you take Navas heading the other way? Let us know in the comments box below.