The BBC have just caused havoc in the footballing corner of the Internet after claiming Manchester United fully expect David de Gea to be at the club beyond the transfer window.
The super reliable Simon Stone says Manchester United are continuing their hard stance with Real Madrid and still want a world-record fee for the Spanish goalkeeper.
And because they are not willing to move from their £35million price tag, Old Trafford officials expect De Gea to still be a Manchester United player when the transfer window closes on September 1.
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Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has refused to back down during negotiations with his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Angel Sanchez and maintains that he would rather hold onto De Gea and lose him for free next year than sell him for a nominal fee now.
With such a bulging transfer budget and an incessant need to be seen as the victor in this transfer tussle, United will refuse to settle for anything less than the current world-record for a goalkeeper, which remains the £32.6m Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Speculation reached new heights on Saturday after Louis van Gaal opted to play Sergio Romero against Tottenham Hotspur with rookie Sam Johnstone on the bench. Meanwhile, De Gea sat alongside the alienated Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard in the Old Trafford stands.
Despite not playing him in what would turn out to be a closely fought 1-0 win, Van Gaal insisted that De Gea could play for Manchester United again, also reaffirming Woodward's stance of not letting him go for a paltry amount.
"He's our best player for the past two or three years so we cannot let him go so easily," said Van Gaal.
"We want to sell at the same level as we pay. We want to keep him of course."
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