Rumors have been strife that De Gea is nearing a move to Madrid. However, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward seems to have other plans.
Man United are seemingly unwilling to let De Gea leave the club unless they get someone in return and are prepared for the goalkeeper to run down his contract and leave on a free next year.
De Gea is due back at pre-season training on Monday and if a move to Madrid does not materialise, he will be traveling with the rest of the United squad to Seattle on July 13.
Sergio Ramos has emerged as the player United want to bring to Old Trafford in exchange for De Gea. After reports that Ramos was unhappy in Madrid, United are looking to bring in the 29-year-old defender as part of any deal that sees De Gea move the other way.
With one bid for the defender already rejected, Woodward and Louis van Gaal will look to complete the deal to bring the Madrid vice-captain to Manchester.
Losing De Gea would be a blow to United and Van Gaal but the acquisition of Ramos would definitely make the deal sweeter. In urgent need of a centre-back, Ramos would be the ideal candidate to run United’s new back four.
If it is true that Ramos really does want to leave, the ball is in United’s court. They can not only buy Ramos, but also keep hold of De Gea until they receive an offer that they see fit.