Manchester United transfer news: Van Gall admits David de Gea could go to Real Madrid
Louis van Gaal has claimed Manchester United are now powerless in their attempts to persuade David de Gea to extend his Old Trafford contract after admitting the Spain goalkeeper has been offered "a lot of money" to pledge his future to the club.
De Gea, the only United player to be short-listed for the PFA player of the year award, has so far resisted attempts by the club to tie him to a new deal to replace his current contract, which expires in June 2016.
With Real Madrid having identified the former Atlético Madrid No 1 as their priority target to replace the long-serving club captain Iker Casillas, United are bracing themselves for the European champions to make a move for De Gea this summer.
The 24-year-old is understood to have been offered in the region of £200,000 a week to stay at United, but Van Gaal admits that clubs are now at the whim of players and that all of the power is with De Gea.
“It takes a long time now,” Van Gaal said, when asked about efforts to secure De Gea to a new contract. “It can always happen, but I am not the boss.
“The player is the boss and he can say yes or no.
“I want him to stay, but you will have to ask David de Gea, not me. He has to sign, but we have offered him a lot of money.”
Telegraph Sport revealed in January that De Gea and his advisers would shelve a decision on the keeper’s future until United had resolved whether or not to turn Radamel Falcao’s season-long loan from Monaco into a permanent deal.
Falcao, represented by the same agent as De Gea, has struggled to justify a permanent move at a pre-agreed fee of £43.2million, however, and the Colombian is likely to be sent back to Monaco next month.
In the meantime, no breakthrough has been made with De Gea and United are now approaching a crucial stage in negotiations, with the player’s overall happiness at the club and in Manchester being weighed against the lure of Madrid and a return to his home city, where his pop-star girlfriend Edurne Garcia Almagro continues to be based.
With Casillas expected to remain at Real for at least one more season, De Gea could avoid a battle with the Bernabeu legend, on and off the pitch, in Madrid by seeing out his United contract and moving on a free transfer next summer.
United are expected to resist that scenario, with De Gea likely to be sold this summer if he makes it clear that he will not sign a new deal before next season.
But with Van Gaal attempting to bolster his squad with the likes of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, as well as retain leading players such as De Gea, the United manager admits that r“At the end, the player has to decide,” Van Gaal said. “Not the manager and not the manager of the selling club.
“It’s also dependable on the market. The club is dependable of the market and the selling clubs and the buying clubs.
“It’s not so easy to finalise all the decisions you are making because the players are the boss, not the manager.
“Every time you read that I buy this player or that player, or have communicated with that player, it is not like that.”
ecruiting new signings will also depend purely on the decision of player rather than the clubs involved.
United face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday with only Daley Blind, of the four injury absentees at Chelsea last week, in contention to return to action.
Marouane Fellaini will continue his run in the team, however, with Van Gaal admitting to having spoken to the Belgian about keeping his head on his first return to Goodison Park since his £27.5m move to Old Trafford in August 2013.