De Gea in line to return for United against Aston Villa
Manchester United are growing increasingly confident of keeping David De Gea this month and insist it would now take an exceptional offer to agree his sale.
De Gea is facing the prospect of remaining at United for the final year of his contract, with Real Madrid yet to reopen talks over a potential deal several weeks after their opening bid was rejected.
Madrid failed with an ambitious £20million offer last month and have not responded with a second bid and United are now hopeful of the Spanish goalkeeper remaining at Old Trafford.
It is understood United would only entertain bids of around £35million for De Gea, which would ensure he becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
The current record is the £32.6m paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001 and United will demand a figure in excess of that.
But United hopes have been fuelled by Real Madrid’s lack of contact over the past few weeks and the 24-year-old is now expected to stay until the end of the season.
United are prepared to let De Gea leave for nothing next summer and will not completely rule out the prospect of him signing a new deal, though the chances of him extending his spell in Manchester appear remote.
United manager Louis van Gaal left De Gea out of the squad for last Saturday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, claiming he lacked focus after a summer of speculation linking him with a move to Bernabeu. (© Daily Telegraph, London)