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Real Madrid give up on signing Manchester United's David de Gea until next summer

Published 13/08/2015 | 10:56

David de Gea, pictured centre, in the stands during United's win over Spurs at Old Trafford
David de Gea, pictured centre, in the stands during United's win over Spurs at Old Trafford

Real Madrid appear to have given up in their bid to sign Manchester United keeper David De Gea in this transfer window, according to the latest reports in Spain.

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Marca have stated this morning that Real Madrid sources are confirming that they are not prepared to meet Manchester United's asking price for Spanish keeper De Gea and are content to wait to sign the player on a free transfer next summer.

United have slapped a €40m price tag on De Gea and Real Madrid have been adamant from the start of negotiations that they would not pay that fee for a player who will be available for nothing next year.

Relations between the two clubs were also soured by United's aggressive pursuit of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, yet it seems as if this transfer window is likely to end without either transfer being completed.

This latest twisted in the longest running transfer saga of 2015 may well be a final twist that will force De Gea to accept his dream of moving to the Spanish capital will have to be put on hold, with United boss Louis van Gaal keen to have his position resolved in the next few days.

Van Gaal decided to leave De Gea out of his side's opening Premier League game against Tottenham on Saturday, after suggesting he was not in the right frame of mind to start the match.

United are set to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Friday night, with Van Gaal facing a decision on whether to recall De Gea to his starting line-up.

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