Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will get his move to Real Madrid this summer - but only at the end of the transfer window according to Guillem Balague.
The Spanish international has a year left to run on his contract at Old Trafford and he's rejected the offer of an extension worth £200,000-per-week amidst major interest from Real Madrid.
So far both parties have been unable to agree a deal, with Manchester United holding out for a record fee of around £35 million. The Red Devils are said to be willing to let De Gea leave for nothing next year rather than accept a lesser offer this summer, in the hope he can help them win the Premier League title before he leaves.
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Real Madrid are believed to have made one offer in the region of €25 million earlier on in the summer which was rejected by Manchester United, and since then the rumour mill has gone quiet, with Madrid moving to sign goalkeeper Kiko Casilla instead.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague says that at the moment both clubs are trying to gain an upper hand in negotiations, but will be pressed to complete a deal as time begins to run out.
"He understands as well that Real Madrid are doing their part of the strategy by saying 'with Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas, we have enough'. Yeah, right," he explained on Sky Sports’ La Liga Weekly Podcast.
"Jorge Mendes, the agent of De Gea, has told him not to worry and the money will come from Real Madrid, but he has to understand that Manchester United are letting go of a guy who has been their best player for two years now and somebody who would help them with a challenge for the title this year.
"It's normal that everything will go to the wire, to the last few hours and days of the transfer window but I think, the way it looks, De Gea will go to Real Madrid."
De Gea has sat out of the Red Devils' two opening Premier League games against Aston Villa and Tottenham, with boss Louis van Gaal claiming that he asked not to be included.
The former Atletico Madrid 'keeper's camp have denied that claim, something that Balague backs up.
"He never ever said he did not want to play, but he understands it is part of the strategy at the moment," he continued. "Manchester United are saying 'look, he doesn't want to play' so that when he goes, they can always say he's a guy that doesn't want to play for us."