Spanish newspaper Marca have claimed that this week is pivotal concerning the ongoing David de Gea transfer saga.
The Manchester United goalkeeper, 24, has been a long-term target for Real Madrid, who want to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu to replace club legend Iker Casillas.
The Red Devils have been reluctant to sell unless a deal can be struck with Los Blancos which would see Sergio Ramos transfer to Old Trafford in return.
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But Marca have claimed that United boss Louis van Gaal is resigned to losing his goalkeeper and wants him to leave as soon as possible.
However, it is the directors of the club who are "digging in their heels" and will only sell the number one if their valuation of €40million is met by Rafa Benitez.
The Madrid-based paper expect officials from both clubs to sit down this week following the conclusion of both sides' pre-seasons, with the aim of sorting out a deal quickly.
It is said that Real fear De Gea starting the season playing for another club would be a huge PR blow, particularly as United have one of the biggest fan bases in the world.
Just last week Van Gaal spoke publicly about the transfer saga following his side's loss to PSG, wherein De Gea was at fault for one of the goals he conceded.
“We have a situation that is not favourable for David de Gea but neither for us and neither for the club [Real Madrid] that maybe he wants to go [to],” said the United manager, at the time.
“Everybody can make mistakes but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that’s the difference.”
United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero from Sampdoria, leading to even further uncertainty over the future of De Gea.
Di Maria gone
Meanwhile, one player who is definitely on his way out of Old Trafford is winger Angel Di Maria. The Argentina international is due to have a medical with PSG ahead of a £44million move to the French champions.
The Red Devils kick off the Premier League season at Old Trafford against Tottenham on Saturday. Do you think De Gea's future will be sorted by then? Let us know in the comments box below.
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