Saturday 26 May 2018

Manchester United do not expect Real Madrid to make another offer for David de Gea

The saga over David de Gea's future looks set to go to the wire
The saga over David de Gea's future looks set to go to the wire

Jason Burt

Manchester United have still had no contact from Real Madrid since rejecting an offer for David de Gea earlier in the summer and do not now anticipate a new bid will be submitted before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

According to reports in Spain, however, that belief could well be tested with suggestions that a final take-it-or-leave it offer will be made in the coming days. United are sceptical that Real will get back in contact at this stage, though.

At the same time, United manager Louis van Gaal is understood to have told the club that he is happy with his squad and does not believe they must buy.

Van Gaal has said that if no signings are made then he is content to go with what he has got – although there could be some departures, such as defender Jonny Evans.

United are, nevertheless, not ruling out another signing with interest retained in the Southampton forward Sadio Mane. However United know it will be difficult to persuade Southampton to sell the 23-year-old Senegal international even though they are prepared to offer more than £21 million.

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United overwhelmed Club Brugge 7-1 on aggregate in the Champions League play-off with Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick in the second leg to lift some of the pressure on him and the role he has as the club’s centre-forward.

De Gea did not feature in that match and did not travel to Belgium after being left out of the squad. The Spanish goalkeeper has yet to play for United this season with Van Gaal declaring his situation will be dealt with after the transfer window closes at 6pm on Sept 1.

De Gea is in the final year of his contract at United and has resisted any attempts to persuade him to sign a new deal with Van Gaal having brought in Sergio Romero in the meantime with another goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, expected to join the Turkish club Besiktas.

De Gea is desperate to return to Spain and join Real Madrid but after making a bid at the start of the window – which fell significantly below United’s valuation of a world-record fee of more than £32 million for the 24-year-old.

Real are believed to have offered less than half and De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, would have to persuade them to at least double their opening offer to even hope to persuade United to enter into a dialogue.

The Spanish giants signed goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from Espanyol last month and appear set to go with the 28-year-old who agreed a five-year contract to return to his boyhood club. Real also have Keylor Navas who kept goal in the goalless draw with Sporting Gijón last weekend.

Telegraph.co.uk

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