He continued: “But it’s an indication of his status at Barcelona that Barca are asking for a €25m guaranteed payment with performance-related bonuses on top, which could make him relatively cheap in the current market for goalkeepers, where we saw Alisson go to Liverpool for over €70m and Kepa to Chelsea for a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper of €80m last summer.
“The key element though here is what happens with De Gea and that complication to Manchester United’s recruitment and rebuild project.
“We know they want to shift a lot of players out. We know they want to bring a lot of players in.
“One player they don’t want to have to shift out is De Gea, but that situation might be out of their hands.”
De Gea, 28, has spent eight years with United since joining in a £19m switch from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
He arrived a weak, guileless young boy in between the sticks, but if he leaves the club this summer he will do so as arguably the top goalkeeper in world football.
His form has dipped alarmingly this season, nevertheless, with a number of costly errors at the back end of the campaign hampering United’s chances of finishing in the top four.
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