The 24-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation with Real Madrid keen to sign him this summer and the goalkeeper is equally as keen to return to his home town.
However, negotiations up until this point have been tentative due to Real Madrid’s valuation of De Gea which falls some way short of United’s.
After far too long bowing down to Real Madrid when it comes to negotiations over players, it looks like Ed Woodward is taking a hard and stern stance over De Gea’s future.
Either Real Madrid cough up a world record £33m bid for De Gea, or he will remain at United for one more year.
That is definitely the right approach to have because it’s the best scenario for United.
If Real Madrid pay, then the club has got an excellent market valuation given that he only has one year left on his contract.
If Real Madrid don’t pay, then De Gea stays at the club and leaves on a free next summer. That part wouldn’t be ideal but you get the feeling De Gea would more than pay the club back in match winning performances during the year.
De Gea loves Man United. If he didn’t, he would have already come out and publicly pressure the club into letting him move to Madrid. Instead, he is remaining silent because he is emotionally torn.
In Manchester, he has a club he loves and fans who adore him. For that reason, you know De Gea would give 110% next year even if he is forced to wait another season before he moves back to Madrid.
That in itself could prove to be one of the most important pieces of business which United do this summer.