Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to wait until next summer to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea on a free transfer.
The Spaniard’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the 2015-16 season and he had been tipped to leave for Madrid in this transfer window.
However, the two clubs are struggling to broker a deal, with complications arising from United’s insistence that they will only sell if they receive defender Sergio Ramos in exchange.
But The Metro reports that Real are happy to wait until next summer to take De Gea off United for nothing, a stance which they hope will force the Red Devils to the negotiating table now.
It is claimed that the La Liga giants would offer the 24-year-old £3.5m a year to join them as a free agent.
In the meantime, Los Blancos would swoop for Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla as a replacement for long-serving number one Iker Casillas, who paid an emotional goodbye to the club this week as he headed for Porto.
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