The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has grown into the second best goalkeeper in world football at Old Trafford, hence the reason why Los Blancos are so desperate to acquire his signature.
Costa Rican international Keylor Navas has deputised admirably ever since Iker Casillas' departure but the general consensus is that they could improve in the area.
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De Gea is known to be keen on a return to his homeland with his current contract expiring in 2019, however, unlike Philippe Coutinho, he will not hand in a formal transfer request to force through a move.
This summer, a move is hugely unlikely but, next summer, La Rojas's number one could return to the Spanish capital if one thing happens.
Jose Mourinho will, of course, be desperate to land a stellar replacement if his prized asset heads out the exit door and United know exactly who they want.
AC Milan starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma is their favoured choice and the Italian teenager could be available to the Red Devils if one thing happens.
According to The Sun, if the Rossoneri fail to qualify for the Champions League in 2017/18, Donnarumma will be allowed to move on.
Milan have failed to reach Europe's most prestigious competition since 2012, but the club have a new air of optimism after their new ownership splashed the cash throughout the summer.
But, with the likes of Juventus, Napoli, Inter Milan and Roma all vying for the top four places, qualifying will not be an easy task.
Many are sceptical over the quality of player acquired and now, they face the prospect of losing their most valuable asset if they don't gel quickly.
De Gea would finally get his dream move, barring anymore faulty fax machines.
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