Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is the only person standing in the way of David de Gea's proposed move to Real Madrid, reports The Mail.
Woodward's tough stance in negotiations have left Real Madrid president Florentino Perez feeling frustrated and have stopped the transfer going through up to this point.
The Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal essentially confirmed that he wanted De Gea out of Old Trafford after dropping him for Saturday's Premier League tie against Tottenham Hotspur.
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Jorge Mendes, who represents the Spanish goalkeeper, is now certain that both clubs want to get a deal done and is working hard to get Woodward back in a room with Real Madrid's director general Jose Angel Sanchez.
Real Madrid are believed to be ready to pay around £25million for De Gea, which they see as a heavy price considering they could sign him for nothing next summer.
That falls short of Woodward's £35m asking price, but the hard-talking executive is expected to soften his approach after Van Gaal's latest decision on the 24-year-old.
De Gea is still expecting to be a Real Madrid player in time for the start of La Liga in two weeks time and Manchester United are ready to step up their search for a replacement.
This morning's papers have linked them with Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak, but this report claims that Ajax's Jasper Cillessen remains the top choice for Van Gaal.
Manchester United had informed Ajax that they would move to sign the Dutch goalkeeper if De Gea left and they have been looking for a replacement ever since.
However, with it now so close to the end of the transfer window, the Eredivisie club will demand a premium price for Cillessen, potentially allowing Woodward's hardline approach to go to waste.
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