Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal demands big transfer fee for David de Gea from Real Madrid

Old Trafford manager stands firm on goalkeeper's move.
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal. AFP
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal. AFP

Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal says David de Gea will command a big transfer fee if the goalkeeper targeted by Real Madrid is to leave Old Trafford.

De Gea was rested for Saturday’s opening day victory over Tottenham as Van Gaal said the 24-year-old Spain international was not in the right frame of mind.

Van Gaal highlighted that United did not want to sell someone who has been voted the team’s best player by its fans.

But he added that “we have to pay a lot of money for all the players we want, and we want to sell at the same level.”

He wouldn’t be drawn on speculation about details of a Madrid offer, saying “it’s not the place and I think it’s not of your business neither.”

Published: August 8, 2015 04:00 AM

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