Real Madrid officials are ready to call off transfer talks with Manchester United over a deal for David de Gea because the Premier League club refuse to budge on their €40million asking price.
A report in Marca claims talks between Old Trafford and Real Madrid officials have been accelerating since De Gea was left out of Saturday's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
However, while both clubs have been trying to push through a deal, little or no movement has been made since the weekend and Real Madrid are coming to realise that a compromise is unlikely to be made.
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Rafa Benitez has already stated that he is happy with his current crop of goalkeepers. Kiko Casilla has arrived this summer to replace Iker Casillas while Keylor Navas remains in the Spanish capital.
And Florentino Perez is almost certain that allowing De Gea to remain at Manchester United another season will not prevent him from signing him next summer.
A sure thing
The goalkeeper's contract is due to expire and Real Madrid will be able to tie him to a contract as early as January, so long as he does not agree an extension before then.
That is unlikely to happen as the 24-year-old has clearly set his heart on returning to the Spanish capital, the same city in which he grew up and where his current girlfriend lives.
one major benefit for Real Madrid is that they will not have to pay Manchester United a single penny to sign him if they wait until next season and De Gea will still have as much as a decade left at the top of the game.
A big problem
Manchester United may be happy to retain the services of a world-class goalkeeper for another season, but it remains to be seen if De Gea can rekindle his best form despite having little desire to play for the club.
He was left out of the Tottenham game because Van Gaal said his head was not in the right place and that is unlikely to change in the near future. However, reports yesterday suggested he could be recalled for Friday's game against Hull City.