Manchester United are remaining stubborn on their price for David de Gea and Real Madrid are continuing to refuse to pay the full asking price.
James Ducker from The Times reports that Man United are asking Real Madrid to beat the world record fee for a goalkeeper which was set when Gianluigi Buffon joined Juventus in 2001 for £32.6m.
De Gea would be worth far more than £32.6m to any potential suitor if he had more than one year left on his contract but it’s that reason which is causing Madrid to delay their interest.
For a club who regularly spends huge amounts of money every summer, baulking over a price tag like that is strange but with only one year left on his deal, Madrid know that letting him stay at United means they could sign him on a free next year.
It’s extremely refreshing to see United digging their heels in over a transfer deal with Madrid because normally that’s not the case.
This time around, Ed Woodward is refusing to be bullied by Madrid and so long as United stick by their guns, there is every chance De Gea will still be in United’s colours by the time next season begins.