Manchester United have put their foot down in the David de Gea transfer saga, insisting that the Spaniard won't be leaving the club to join Real Madrid unless Sergio Ramos is included in the deal.
The Spanish goalkeeper is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and has turned down the offer of a £200,000-per-week extension.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United have conceded that there is no chance that De Gea will perform a surprise u-turn and commit his future to the club. But they are unwilling to be bullied by Real Madrid and will show that money isn't an issue by letting him walk away for nothing.
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The Mirror say that the only way he will move this summer is by Ramos being included. It has previously been claimed that they would accept a world record offer for a goalkeeper, however the Mirror claim that it is Ramos or nothing this summer.
As it stands Real Madrid are not willing to let the defender leave the Bernabeu, and he has been named club captain for the upcoming season.
Although letting De Gea walk for nothing next summer would deny them a fee of around £25 million, they believe that he could repay his value next season if he can help them in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Manchester United have already had one offer in the region of £30 million turned down for the Spanish international, and with six weeks of the window left the saga still has plenty of time to run.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has a contingency plan in place should De Gea leave this summer, with Ajax number one Jasper Cillessen at the top of his list.
After weeks and weeks of talk....we're set for more of the same. Although Manchester United have taken a hardline stance it's been pretty much the same story all summer long.
Manchester United don't need the money and can't be seen to look inferior to Real Madrid, so their approach to the saga is understandable.
As it stands Real Madrid don't want to lose Ramos and Manchester United don't want to lose De Gea. So it's a case of 'as you were' for the time being.