Manchester United have rejected a £60 million offer from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David de Gea, according to Sky Sports.
The Spanish goalkeeper’s future is set to be a hot topic of conversation this summer, with it widely reported that the La Liga champions are intent on signing the stopper before next season.
De Gea was close to joining Madrid back in August, only for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu falling through at the last minute.
The Spain international signed a new contract with United after his exit did not materialise, but this has seemingly not blunted the advances of Zinedine Zidane’s men.
The report suggests that United will do everything in their power to hold onto De Gea this summer and have rejected an offer that would comfortably make him the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper.
Importantly, Sky Sports reported recently that the Spaniard was happy at Old Trafford and as such would not agitate for a move away from Jose Mourinho’s men.
The report is the second of its kind in the space of a week, with Ander Herrera also linked with a move to Barcelona only for it to be claimed that he wanted to stay at United.
While summer investment in new players will be an important aspect of the Red Devils’ potential success next season, keeping the club’s biggest stars in Manchester is also crucial.
De Gea is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in world football and replacing the Spaniard would be an unenviable task should he leave this summer.
United standing up to the Clasico giants in the transfer market would be a sizeable statement of intent, as Mourinho looks to get the club back in the hunt for major silverware in 2017-18.
The Premier League side were announced this week as the most-profitable football club on the planet and as such do not need the potential £60 million windfall from letting De Gea go.
As such, it appears that the only scenario in which the Spaniard could leave United this summer is if he specifically asks for a transfer – with the English side still in a dominant position to reject given the length of his contract.