The Spaniard has been the subject of interest from Real Madrid recently.
Manchester United have placed a £50 million price tag on the head of goalkeeper David de Gea, report the Express, meaning that Real Madrid would have to pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper if they are to prise the Spanish international and former Atletico Madrid star away from Old Trafford.
Gianluigi Buffon cost Juventus £30 million in 2001, according to Goal.com, and De Gea could comfortably eclipse that fee – even allowing for inflation.
De Gea has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu during the course of this season as even though Iker Casillas has regained his position between the posts, his form is far from its consistent best of three or four seasons ago. Casillas’ continued struggles in the Spanish capital have meant that the reigning European champions have started their search for a long term replacement for their iconic stopper, with Keylor Navas yet to earn the opportunity to cement his place in the side.
Manchester United’s number one would be the obvious choice, having played in Madrid before – albeit for bitter rivals Atletico – and looking like the long term incumbent between the sticks for Spain, but it looks likely to cost Real a huge fee if they are to persuade United to sell.
The 24 year-old de Gea has been in imperious form for the most part this season, making a string of outstanding saves to earn points for his side and looking a much improved footballer from the unconvincing and erratic youngster who initially arrived at Old Trafford from the Vicente Calderon.