Manchester United have told Real Madrid they have no intention of selling David de Gea this summer and are not entertaining the idea.
COPE in Spain say Man United are now offering De Gea another improved contract offer of £250,000 per week which would give him parity in earnings with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at the club.
Even though money is not De Gea’s priority, a higher offer won’t ever be a bad thing when it comes to a player negotiating a new contract.
COPE also go on to suggest Madrid are already looking at alternatives such as Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno as well as considering the option of waiting another year to try and sign De Gea on a free transfer.
With regards to De Gea’s future, Man United should take the Daniel Levy and Atletic Bilbao approach – make negotiations as hard as possible while also drawing them out for as much as they can.
Sure, there does still have a feel of inevitability about his return to Madrid, whether in this window or another one, but there’s no reason why United should make it easy for Madrid to complete any deal.