The in-form Spanish goalkeeper has emerged as a summer target for the reigning European champions in light of his recent displays, with Los Blancos keen to use him as Iker Casillas’ long-term successor.
Although De Gea has since rubbished rumours and suggested that he’s happy to stay at Old Trafford, it’s now understood that his future depends on the club’s Champions League fate.
Under David Moyes last season United failed to book a spot in the continent’s top competition, which prompted a mega spend during the last window.
The minimum aim for LVG is to secure fourth spot, but after a relatively kind opening 10 fixtures the Red Devils are not quite on course to match expectations at the Theatre of Dreams.
And if they do indeed fail to qualify, De Gea is ready to leave.
The stopper is said to be desperate to play at the very highest level as he plots to keep the No. 1 role in the Spain squad, and is aware that Real can offer him the chance to do so.
The former Atletico Madrid goalie is valued at around £24m, and Carlo Ancelotti is eager to pay the fee for him.