Manchester United and Real Madrid have entered official negotiations to try and determine the future of David de Gea before the end of today.
The Daily Mail claim that Real are confident they can still land the goalkeeper despite the issues they’ve had so far over the price United want, with Los Blancos considering sending Keylor Navas the other way as part of the deal.
Of course a deal is far from close at this stage, with United aiming to recoup £33million for De Ge but Florentino Perez of the opinion that their asking price is extortionate for a player with just 10 months left on his contract.
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Another issue is the fact that Navas hasn’t thus far shown any inclination to move to Old Trafford and compete with Sergio Romero for the number one spot.
Real won't waver
Aside from the Costa Rica international it doesn’t look like there’s anyone else Real want to bargain with, irrespective of rumours suggesting United were keen on the likes of Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos.
So it seems that Real may well have to pay what they deem over the odds for De Gea, although that fact could be enough to scupper a deal.
Los Blancos and United have both stuck to their guns so far, and perhaps even the pressure of the transfer window’s final day won’t change that.
De Gea is currently in Madrid ready for international duty, so that could help matters if they run on until the eleventh hour, but even then it seems one party or the other is going to have to change their stance to find an agreement.
United fans, are you now resigned to losing De Gea this summer? Let us know in the comments box below.