David de Gea has told his teammates that he wants to leave Manchester United and sign for Real Madrid in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to Spain as Madrid are likely to make an opening £13m ($21m) bid to open proceedings over a transfer. De Gea has only a year left on his current contract, which has driven down his price, but United are desperate to salvage some value out of the deal and are likely to hold out for a second bid.
The team believes that it is matter of time until United's best player from last season packs his bags for Spain leaving Louis van Gaal with a massive headache over his replacement. The Red Devils are considering a move for Jasper Cillessen in the summer, but the Ajax goalkeeper has recently revealed that coach Frank de Boer is unwilling to let him leave and will block any move from United this summer.
"The Ajax management are going to make it really difficult when the interest becomes concrete," Cillessen said.
"[Ajax coach] Frank de Boer has been very clear when he received questions about my transfer - he wants to block it," he added.
Hugo Lloris is also being monitored by the Red Devils' management over a move but any transfer is likely to depend on Tottenham's ability to sign Iker Casillas, who is on his last year in the contract. Lloris has repeatedly expressed a desire to sign for a club in the Champions League and United would be overwhelming favourites if Tottenham decide to sell him this summer.
United have a quality replacement in the form of Victor Valdes, whom they signed on a Bosman from Barcelona in the January transfer window. The Spaniard has made only two appearances in the league this season, following an injury to De Gea and would be hopeful of retaining his place between the sticks next season.