Release clauses are commonplace in contracts for footballers and their reports state United want to implement a £50m release clause in any potential new contact for the 24-year-old but his representatives would prefer it to be around half of that.
De Gea now has just over a year left on his current contract and despite constant messages from Louis van Gaal that United are relaxed on the issue, supporters will be wondering what the hold ups are.
Rumours have circulated all season that de Gea has emerged as the ideal replacement for Iker Casillas at Real Madrid, a link United fans feared would always come given de Gea’s Spanish heritage and the fact most successful Spanish players usually end up back in La Liga.
Whilst no supporter expects de Gea to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford, they will at least hope de Gea signs a new contract so he can leave for a worthy fee as opposed to losing him for less this summer, or even worse, on a free if he doesn’t sign a new deal at all.
Whilst there have been indications de Gea is happy in Manchester, supporters will want this particular contract situation sorted as soon as possible.