Manchester United are refusing to settle for less than €40million for David de Gea despite Louis van Gaal's decision to leave him out of his match day squad.
A report in Tuesday's El Confidencial claims nothing has changed with regards to negotiations between Real Madrid and the Red Devils.
Ed Woodward is still playing hardball and is adamant that De Gea will remain at Old Trafford for the final year of his contract if the asking price is not met.
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With pressure mounting on Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, it is no surprise that the La Liga outfit are ready to finally consider matching it.
The original report claims Real Madrid's arm is being twisted by Manchester United as their negotiating position continues to deteriorate as we move towards the end of the transfer window.
Rafa Benitez will get his career as Los Blancos manager underway next week and he will want to know who his first-choice goalkeeper will be before that day comes.
Having sold Iker Casillas to Porto earlier this summer, only Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas remain at the Bernabeu. Neither are considered good enough to maintain a place in goal throughout the season.
As a result, Manchester United are well aware of the growing desperation from Real Madrid and are trying to take advantage by keeping the price for De Gea high.
Van Gaal also claimed that the price would be staying high because he must always pay a premium for players he wants. An example of which is the £59.7m Real Madrid demanded for Angel di Maria last summer.