Manchester United are bracing themselves for a lucrative bid for their coveted goalkeeper David de Gea.
According to Spanish reports, Carlo Ancelotti remains unconvinced with his limited goalkeeping options, and is already looking to replace the departing Iker Casillas.
The Italian hopes De Gea can replicate Casillas’ legendary status at the Bernabeu, and is prepared to offer big money to secure his services.
No fee has been discussed; however it’s likely to eclipse the long standing £33million goalkeeping transfer record paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Pundits are running out of superlatives to describe the Manchester United keeper, as is his manager Louis van Gaal who has repeatedly praised the influence of De Gea.
Uncertainty over the shot stopper’s future stems from both the short amount of time left on his contract, and United’s casual approach to offering an extension, reports The Express.
De Gea’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2016, meaning Real Madrid will be able to open pre-contract negotiations in just over twelve-months time.
United are believed to be feeling relaxed about the situation – confidence that will allay supporters’ fears of losing De Gea next summer.