Manchester United have told Real Madrid that they will have to break the transfer record for a goalkeeper by spending £35m to take him off their hands, according to the Daily Express.
The La Liga side had previously made a £13m offer for the highly-rated custodian, which was rejected after being labelled as ‘well short’ of the Red Devils’ valuation.
De Gea still has a year left to run on his current deal and could leave for free next summer, but relations between United and Real are now threatening to turn toxic as the deal continues to drag on.
Having joined United back in 2011 for £17.8m from Atletico Madrid, United will only sell him if Real manage to break the world record transfer fee of £32.5m set by Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.
The news will likely cause Real to change their stance on allowing defender Sergio Ramos to head in the opposite direction.
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