The 24-year-old goalkeeper has been, arguably, the Red Devils’ player of the season so far, with his heroics between the sticks having been key in the club’s rise to fourth in the Premier League table after a shaky start to the campaign.
De Gea’s showings have alerted Real, and with the stopper yet to agree a new contract – his current deal expires at the end of next season – Los Blancos are believed to be pushing for a raid.
United have since slapped a £50m price tag on their man, but reports claim that, although no bids have been accepted, the European champions have settled on terms with the player.
The recent arrival of Victor Vades has served to fuel rumours that De Gea could leave Old Trafford, with the experienced ex-Barcelona man a ready-made replacement.
There have even been suggestions that the two clubs may look to settle a swap deal including Gareth Bale.