Real Madrid are closing in on a deal for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, reports Spanish newspaper Marca.
With Rafa Benitez now at the helm, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has gone ahead with his plan to sign a successor to Iker Casillas.
The La Liga outfit have offered Manchester United a deal worth €25m up front with a further €5m in performance related bonuses and they are confident it will be accepted.
With just 12 months remaining on his current contract, the Red Devils have seen their bargaining position weaken significantly in recent weeks.
De Gea has now informed Louis van Gaal that he will not be extending his deal at Old Trafford and a source close to the player leaked that news to the British media.
Ed Woodward and Van Gaal would have discussed the possibility of keeping De Gea at the club until next summer, but have evidently decided to cash in now instead of losing him for nothing in 2016.
Rejecting a contract
Manchester United did everything possible to keep De Gea at the club, even offering to make him the best paid goalkeeper the world has ever seen with a £200,000-a-week deal.
De Gea will earn less than half that amount at the Bernabeu but money has proven to be a small factor in the 24-year-old's decision making.
The chance to return to his hometown where most of his family and his girlfriend still reside was always going to be too much for De Gea to turn down, not least the opportunity to play for football's most glorious club.
Once De Gea joins, there will be another big decision to make in the Real Madrid dugout. Casillas is unlikely to give up his No.1 jersey easily while Keylor Navas will surely demand a move away.
Navas could potentially fall on the radar of Manchester United, ironically, after Van Gaal showed an interest in signing the Costa Rican last summer.
However, while Navas has impressed on the international stage, he has played next to no club football since joining Real Madrid. Along with Victor Valdes, who played one competitive match last season, the two goalkeepers would arrive at Old Trafford with rusty fingers.
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