Man United are yet to receive an approach from the Spanish club even though Sky Sports claimed a £60m bid had been rejected last week, however, a formal move is expected to be made soon.
They tried to sign De Gea two years ago which would have seen Keylor Navas move to Old Trafford as part of a £29 million package but the deal fell through on transfer deadline day in September 2015.
James Ducker claims Real believe they can sign De Gea this time around as they seek a long-term upgrade on Navas even though they understand a move would cost in excess of £60 million for the United goalkeeper.
United insist he is not for sale and they’re in a much stronger position within negotiations than at the time when De Gea had entered the final year of his contract.
He signed a four-year contract worth £200,000 a week following the failed move which commits him to Old Trafford until June 2019, with the option of another 12 months.
Manchester City’s £34.8 million deal for the inexperienced Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes also means a price for De Gea could be increased as the world’s best goalkeeper.
He was valued at £29 million two years ago but now United will be reluctant to accept a deal worth at least twice that