The protracted transfer saga surrounding the Spanish goalkeeper is still ongoing, but a sale price is now reported to have been set by United.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu for some time, with his protracted move looking like it will be one of the long-running transfer sagas of the summer.
Now, though, it seems the move may finally be getting the go-ahead, with United reported to have set their asking price for their star man.
It is understood by AS that Louis van Gaal’s side are looking to generate a fee of around £24.8million for the Spaniard, with them having lowered their expectations after initial reports suggested that the Red Devils were prepared to hold out for £32million.
Both Madrid and De Gea are thought to be keen to push a move through as quickly as possible, with Rafa Benitez eager to have the player available as early as possible while the highly-rated shot-stopper keeper is reportedly hoping to avoid having to return to Carrington on Monday for United’s start of pre-season.
A transfer merry-go-round
With the De Gea transfer looking likely to be concluded soon, it could potentially start a transfer merry-go-round of goalkeepers this summer.
United will, of course, be looking for a replacement as soon as possible, with the AS report claiming that Dutch coach Van Gaal is keen to have a new signing secured before the club head off on their US tour on July 13.
De Gea’s arrival at Madrid will also increase the likelihood of Iker Casillas leaving, with the veteran keeper unlikely to see much game time ahead of his replacement and being heavily linked with a number of clubs across Europe - as per a report on Goal.com.