Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears to be as good as gone, and he is still linked to Real Madrid.
Manager Louis van Gaal refuses to budge on an offer until United receive a bid that matches De Gea’s true value, and The Telegraph reports that he believes they haven’t offered a realistic bid yet.
“In the last few years, Manchester United has paid a lot and we haven’t received a lot of money, so no [we will not sell for an unsatisfactory fee],” van Gaal said.
De Gea will not start in the net for Man United in their season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
Van Gaal believes that the rapid transfer rumours will be too much of a distraction for the Spanish international.
22-year-old goalie Sam Johnstone is expected to start in de Gea’s place, and he will be making his senior debut for Man United.
He was set to return to Preston North End on a loan deal, but he has received the most playing time in the Red Devils’ pre-season tour.
Sergio Romero is still being given time to settle in to life at Old Trafford.
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De Gea has one year remaining on his Man United contract, but the Red Devils are willing to hold onto him until the right offer comes.
They are even willing to risk him leaving for nothing in return next summer.