MARCA say that Man United understand €50m is unlikely to be an achievable figure but do not expect the final fee to go over €30m.
Although De Gea is worth far more than €50m, the fact he only has one year left on his current contract makes it difficult for United as it means they aren’t in a very strong position to negotiate a high price.
That being said, Robin van Persie was sold for £24m to United when he had one year left on his deal and he was five years older than De Gea, so precedent indicates United should be able to command at least €30m for the goalkeeper.
From a fans’ perspective, if Madrid were to offer a derogatory €20m then the club should reject it out of hand, keep De Gea and let him go on a free transfer next summer.
Entertaining the idea of De Gea is hard to stomach but unfortunately realistic and at this stage, fans would be more surprised to see him stay at the club than anything else given that he has refused to sign a new contract.