Manchester United keeper David de Gea offered £12m by Real Madrid to see out contract
David de Gea will be handed a huge £12m signing-on fee by Real Madrid if he sees out the final year of his contract.
According to The Mirror, Real are willing to wait until next summer to sign the player, and in so doing save themselves the £35m transfer fee that United are asking for.
Were De Gea to wait around, he and Real would be the big winners in the deal, leaving United stitched up and presumably absolutely raging.
Louis van Gaal had been willing to let De Gea join the Spanish giants, but only if Sergio Ramos was part of the deal.
Real though have slapped that down, leaving the two clubs at something of an impasse. Perhaps this wonderfully Machiavellian move by Madrid could finally force United's hand.
But probably not, and the saga will merrilly carry on.
In happier news for United fans, the signing of Pedro is expected to go through this week.
According to reports in Spain, the winger will arrive at Old Trafford on Tuesday after the Spanish Super Cup second leg, which takes place tonight.
Elsewhere, United look set to miss out on Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi.
The Guardian reports that the defender is close to joining United's rivals Manchester City in a deal that may frustrate the Old Trafford faithful, who are crying out for defensive reinforcements.
The anguish of those supporters may be exacerbated further by rumours that centre-back Jonny Evans could be leaving the club.
Both Arsenal and West Brom are interested in the £12m defender, according to The Star.