Manchester United are desperate to tie goalkeeper David De Gea to a new contract amid ongoing rumours that Real Madrid are keen on signing him, as reported by the Daily Star.
This comes despite the fact that they have just agreed to capture former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18 month deal.
De Gea has been in exceptional form since the start of the season, and has been integral to the Old Trafford club’s revival under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal.
Man Utd sit third in the Premier League after the festive period, and have advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
However, De Gea’s deal runs out at the end of next season, and there are fears that he could choose to return to the Spanish capital and join Real Madrid next summer.
He previously played for city rivals Atletico.
In order to avoid that, Ed Woodward is set to hold talks with De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes, with hopes of reaching an agreement.
Real Madrid are set to demand the signature of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea as part of any transfer involving the Welsh wizard Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.
Louis van Gaal’s side are believed to be very keen on signing Bale in the summer, and are hopeful of securing a move for around £120 million.
Real are thought to be open to a deal – while Bale has been excellent since his arrival in Spain, they would rather lose him than Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, The Mirror are claiming that Real will not let Bale leave unless they can secure one of their preferred targets in return – Man Utd goalkeeper De Gea.
The Spanish giants are thought to be looking into a £40 million move for De Gea, which Man Utd have tried to block by offering him a stunning new deal.
Now they could demand his inclusion in any deal as an attempt to get their target.
Manchester United star David De Gea is reportedly set to remain with the Old Trafford club in the January transfer window, and is set to seal a new deal with the Manchester side as a result.
De Gea has been exceptional since the start of the season, the loss away to MK Dons aside, and Man Utd fans were understandably fearful that he might move on, especially as his current contract has only 18 months left to run.
The likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are thought to be floating around with an eye on the Spanish stopper, and Real, in particular, were thought to be willing to make a big offer.
They are said to be so keen on the 24 year old that they would look to break Gianluigi Buffon’s 2001 record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, which saw him move to Juventus from Parma for £33 million.
De Gea himself holds the record for a British club, having cost Man Utd £18.9 million.
He could now be set to stay with a new deal, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.