Manchester United would only be willing to let David De Gea go for a world-record goalkeeper transfer fee - and they are prepared to let him play out his contract if their valuation isn't met.
hat means Real Mardid would need to make an offer in the region of £33m, besting the £32.6m Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001, to bring the 24-year-old back to his home city, according to the Manchester Evening News.
United are also reportedly prepared to let De Gea play out the final year of his deal at Old Trafford and risk losing him for nothing when it expires, a position which, if true, would clearly give them leverage in any discussions over a summer deal.
he player himself is thought to be keen on a move, and has already put his greater Manchester mansion up for sale.
It's thought that if De Gea does eventually make the move to Spain it could start a goalkeeping merry-go-round, with Tottenham's Hugo Lloris heading to Manchester.