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Manchester United have reportedly decided not to let star player David de Gea leave for Real Madrid this summer unless they receive a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Red Devils are said to be ready to let the Spanish international shot-stopper run down his contract at Old Trafford, as they absolutely refuse to lower their demands for him this summer.
Real have a long-standing interest in De Gea as they eye a new signing in goal to replace the ageing Iker Casillas, but it looks like they will have to pay a world-record £33m for him, which the MEN says would narrowly eclipse the current record of £32.6m that Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.
The Italian legend has gone on to become one of Juve’s all-time greats, and it looks like De Gea has a similar level of potential after an outstanding season in the Premier League in 2014/15, as he made it into the PFA Team of the Year with a series of eye-catching displays.
The 24-year-old started out in his native Spain, first making a name for himself with Atletico Madrid, and it may be that he is keen to return home after four seasons in England.
Still, the ball is now in Real’s court as they ponder whether or not to pay up and meet United’s asking price for the keeper, which is not always considered to be the most important position on the pitch, hence it being rare for clubs to pay such big fees to sign them, unlike some of the money spent on outfield players in recent times.
Real themselves are no strangers to big spending, but their ‘Galactico’ philosophy often revolves around the more glamorous big-name attacking players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and others that have joined the club in the last few years.