Manchester United are planning one last effort to keep David de Gea at the club beyond next summer following the collapse of his Real Madrid move on transfer deadline day. The Red Devils are keen to hold on to their two-time player of the season despite the 'keeper being interested in a move to his hometown.
According to the Mirror, the 20-time English champions will hand the Spanish international stopper a new deal in October and are ready to top any offer made by the La Liga giants to take him to the Santiago Bernabeu next summer. De Gea was on the verge on completing his switch to the Spanish capital club, with Sky Sports reporting that a deal between the two clubs was agreed. But a last-minute delay in submitting the paperwork saw his deal fall through, ensuring the former Atletico Madrid star remains at Old Trafford for at least one more season.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper has already rejected the Red Devils' opening offer, which was said to be around £200,000 a week, but the club are preparing a bigger offer to tempt him into staying with United in the long term. De Gea will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with Real in January because of his being in the final year of his contract. According to the Mirror, the La Liga giants are prepared to offer him a mammoth £12m as a signing fee to run down his contract and join on a free transfer in July 2016.
The former Atletico stopper had been dropped from the first team by Louis van Gaal, who admitted the saga affected the entire team but insisted he would be considered for selection only after the end of the transfer window. The Dutch manager has stayed true to his word and on Wednesday included De Gea in United's 26-man Champions League squad.