The 24-year-old goalkeeper has been, arguably, the Red Devils’ standout performer this term, with his heroics behind a shaky backline a big part of the club’s current top four slot.
United are desperate to ensure he stays, but there is yet to be a breakthrough in contract negotiations, which is becoming a worry.
And now a source has told The Mirror that the club are gearing up for a “worst-case scenario”, with De Gea leaving for a reduced fee or even on a free a possibility:
“It has turned into the worst-case scenario.
“There has been no indication that De Gea will sign a new contact and at some point a decision will have to be made when to cash in on him.
“When a player enters the final 12 to 18 months of his contract, his value begins to drop dramatically.
“There’s talk of De Gea being worth £50million, but that is unrealistic given there is probably only one club he would sign for.”
Real Madrid are thought to be the club most interested in De Gea, with the Spain international seen as an ideal long-term replacement for Iker Casillas – who has suffered an alarming dip in form in recent years.