On Tuesday it was reported by BBC Sport that the Red Devils had offered the La Liga BBVA giants £28.6m for the centre-back, which isn’t likely to have met Real’s valuation for the Spain international.
According to the Mirror, however, Louis van Gaal will refuse to increase his bid unless The Meringues opt to do the same for Old Trafford’s No.1. The report states that Rafael Benitez has tabled an opening bid just short of £20m for the Spanish stopper, and this, too, is some way off the Premier League heavyweight’s desired price-tag.
The British newspaper state that with Ramos said to be eager on a move to Old Trafford, and De Gea desperate for a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu, a compromise between the two clubs will need to be reached before a deal for either player is agreed upon.
The Mirror claim that Manchester United believe they have the upper hand in negotiations with Los Blancos’ vice-captain having allegedly ordered his club to listen to offers specifically from van Gaal [Sky Sports].
De Gea is said to be desperate to have his return to Madrid confirmed before United’s pre-season gets underway on Monday [via the Times]; however, talks only appear to be getting increasingly complicated with each passing day.