Old Trafford side tell Bernabeu side to fork out massive fee if they want to capture long term target.
Man United have moved to fend off Real Madrid’s interest in keeper David de Gea by placing a massive £50m price-tag on the Spanish international according to the Daily Express.
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The Old Trafford side are keen to keep hold of the 24 year old custodian, who has been perhaps Louis van Gaal’s most consistent performer this season, with Real Madrid apparently viewing de Gea as an ideal long term replacement for Iker Casillas.
De Gea has been offered a new contract but will wait to see if Man United’s can break back into the top four with the carrot of Champions League action sure to be key in any decision making process.
Man United paid Atletico Madrid £18.6m for de Gea and despite a nervy start to his career at the Premier League side the goalkeeper has gone on to mature into one of the best in his position across Europe.
A £50m valuation is comfortably higher than any fee paid for a keeper, the current record of £32.6m, which Juventus paid for Gianluca Buffon coming some 14 years ago.
De Gea will have a year left to run on his current contract this summer and as such his value would diminish greatly if a new deal isn’t penned, which could further strengthen Real Madrid’s hand if they were indeed willing to spend big to capture the Man United star.