£12m short… Man United facing transfer tussle for star man

David de Gea’s Real Madrid transfer saga could rumble on for much of the summer, with reports from the Daily Mail claiming that the Spaniards are set to open the bidding for the Manchester United ace at £13m – £12m below his asking price.

The Red Devils’ Player of the Year for the campaign just gone appears set to join Los Blancos this summer, amid suggestions that he’s already agreed personal terms with the La Liga giants.

Issues surrounding his status as No. 1 ahead of Iker Casillas are thought to be holding up matters a little, but not as much as Real’s planned opening bid.

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Reports suggest that the Madrid side are looking to take advantage of De Gea’s looming contract expiry – he has just over 12 months on his deal – to drive down the fee needed, with £13m being mooted.

Such a figure is only just over half of United’s £25m asking price, and negotiations between the teams could drag on as a result.

Louis van Gaal is already planning for life without his key stopper, with Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen and Hugo Lloris of Spurs targets.