The Spanish giants have told the Manchester United goalkeeper that they will look at other targets if he does not join them this summer, just like they did with Gareth Bale.
Real Madrid have issued David De Gea a ‘now or never’ ultimatum to convince him to leave Manchester United this summer.
The Spanish giants have made De Gea their top priority for the summer transfer window and hope to sign the goalkeeper as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas.
De Gea has been warned by Real Madrid that they are determined to sign a new first-choice goalkeeper and will move on to other targets if they do not sign him this year.
It is a similar tactic used by the club when they convinced Gareth Bale to force through his world record £86 million move from Tottenham in 2013.
De Gea, 24, has just one year remaining on his contract at United and has so far turned down the club’s attempts to sign him up to a new deal on better terms than what he could expect to earn at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Goal reported on Wednesday that De Gea’s representatives will hold fresh talks with United this week over a new contract, but the Spain international is under increasing pressure to engineer a summer transfer.
A move to Madrid would also boost De Gea’s chances of replacing Casillas in the Spain national team ahead of the European Championship in France next season.
Casillas has two years remaining on his Real Madrid contract but has been booed by fans in recent seasons and is expected to either drop to the bench or leave the club this summer.
De Gea is a long-term target for Madrid and United manager Louis van Gaal expressed the club’s fear that he will leave last week, saying “we shall already know who shall be the next goalkeeper. We also have a list of goalkeepers who can replace him because we have to be organised always.”