Manchester United have told David de Gea that he must make significant progress in his attempts to join Real Madrid today or be forced to stay at Old Trafford, reports The Sun.
Louis van Gaal will lead his squad to North America on Manchester United's pre-season tour later on Monday and wants De Gea's future assured before they depart.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been told that the club will not allow their pre-season preparations to be dominated by transfer talk and also do not want to waste resources on someone who will not be at Old Trafford next season.
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Real Madrid know that Manchester United are prepared to take De Gea with them on tour and have been notified that unless they make a positive move in transfer talks, he will be on the plane due to take off at 2.30pm.
That does not necessarily mean they need to agree a fee, but it does mean that they need to give a firm indication that they are prepared to pay something close to Manchester United's £35m asking price.
But the pressure to complete a deal for De Gea is now higher than ever at the Bernabeu. Rafa Benitez and Florentino Perez have taken a massive risk by allowing Iker Casillas to join Porto.
The decision was a statement of intent from Real Madrid, but, while Casillas is now a Porto player, a deal to bring De Gea to the Spanish capital is no closer.
Should De Gea board the plane to America, he is likely to stay there for the entire two-and-a-half week tour, leaving Real Madrid that bit closer to panic mode.
Manchester United have told Real Madrid that they are quite happy to keep De Gea at the club and let him leave for free next summer. Their position of power has been increased further still by Real Madrid's decision to sell Casillas.
The Red Devils have told Real Madrid they must either pay £35m or agree to swap centre-back Sergio Ramos.
Ramos has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks and is believed to be open to the idea.
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