Manchester United were forced to put a €35million release clause in David de Gea's new contract, according to Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada.
The goalkeeper completed a shock U-turn by signing a four-year contract extension with the Red Devils. It was enough to convince many fans that his dream of joining Real Madrid was over.
However, Estrada, who has an impressive 560,000 followers on Twitter, told El Chiringuito TV that Los Blancos will be able to purchase the Spain international for around £25.5m when the window reopens in January.
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That is significantly less than the £35m Manchester United were demanding this summer and, if true, should make his move to the Bernabeu a formality.
De Gea came within minutes of becoming a Real Madrid player on the final day of the summer transfer window, but, despite a £29m fee being agreed between the two parties, officials in the Spanish capital failed to submit the appropriate paperwork in time.
Back in the first-team
Louis van Gaal reinstated De Gea into his first-team following the drama. He played in the recent 3-1 win over Liverpool as well as the Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven, which ended in a 2-1 defeat.
Summer signing Sergio Romero dropped to the bench after enjoying a short stint as the club's first-choice goalkeeper.
Hard to believe
With Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward taking such a hard-nosed approach over De Gea in the summer, it is difficult to fathom why he would agree to such a low-value release clause.
In fact, with Real Madrid boasting such a huge transfer budget, the quoted €35m figure would essentially render his four-year contract useless.
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