David de Gea could sack agent Jorge Mendes if a move to Real Madrid doesn't transpire this summer.
De Gea, 24, has been a long-term transfer target for Los Blancos following Iker Casillas' departure to Porto and "super agent" Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and Jose Mourinho, could pay the price if the Spanish international remains at Old Trafford after the transfer window closes on September 1.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reports that De Gea hired Mendes following Real's interest in the former Atletico 'keeper a few years ago. Mendes reportedly promised De Gea he would make a move to the Bernabeu happen if they followed up their initial interest.
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United are defiant that De Gea will stay at the club unless a world record fee for a goalkeeper is agreed. De Gea has been left out of Louis van Gaal's squad for the opening two Premier League games against Tottenham and Aston Villa.
The Red Devils had hoped to include Real defender Sergio Ramos in any deal, but he has just signed a new and improved five-year contract. This means a move for De Gea looks more unlikely unless Real meet United's valuation.
But, with De Gea's contract at Old Trafford expiring next summer, various news reports have suggested Real have offered De Gea a staggering £12 million signing-on fee if he sees out his contract with United, meaning he can move to the Bernabeu on a free.
And if he does indeed wait until next summer to move to Rafa Benitez's side, it could mean agent Jorge Mendes is surplus to requirement.