The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu throughout the summer, and has reportedly been so unsettled by the talk that he is being left out of the team to play Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday [Daily Mail]. However, his boss is still determined to get a good fee for his star man, after letting Angel Di Maria leave for £15.9 million less than he bought him for [Sky Sports].
“Manchester United have to pay for all the players at a certain amount,” Van Gaal said, “and what has Madrid offered?
“Then you are saying in a suggestive way that we have to be proactive, but we are asking money and they have to pay money.
“In the last few years, Manchester United has paid a lot and we haven’t received a lot of money, so no [we will not sell for an unsatisfactory fee].”
It had been thought that the player would only be allowed to leave Old Trafford if United received Sergio Ramos in return [Daily Mail]. The move could now be back on however, with the defender yet to agree a new contract with Los Blancos [AS]. The 29-year-old could be the perfect option to bolster the United defence should they lose their valuable goalkeeper.
However, perhaps more important to the Red Devils will be the need to find a new man to play between the sticks should De Gea leave.
Tottenham ace Hugo Lloris has been linked with the role [Metro], and so has Ajax star Jasper Cillessen [Daily Star]. Both have proven themselves at a high level, and would be worthy successors to the Spain international.
United have already signed free transfer Sergio Romero, who would be an able custodian, although Victor Valdes’s days at Old Trafford appear to be numbered following a fall out with van Gaal [Telegraph].