Hands off: Manchester United reportedly slap $75 million price tag on David De Gea

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As the rumors continue to swirl about David De Gea potentially leaving Manchester United, the Red Devils have reportedly placed a value of $75 million on the Spanish international goalkeeper.

That should work. For now.

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De Gea, 24, has excelled in goal for United this season with several stunning displays against the likes of Everton, West Ham and most notably arch rivals Liverpool back in December. Hence why numerous publications are reporting a $75 million transfer valuation on his head.

With Real Madrid increasingly linked with a move to make De Gea the long-term successor to Iker Casillas and offer the Spaniard a chance to return to his hometown of Madrid, the rumor mill has been spinning into overdrive recently. It has even been mooted that Gareth Bale may be used as bait by Real in order to land De Gea, which tells you just how good the 6-foot-4-inch ‘keeper has been this season.

A report from the Daily Express claims that United are ready to offer De Gea a new five-year contract with wages up to $300,000 per week, but the Spaniard will enter the final year of his original five-year contract this summer and officials have to make a big call on whether or not to offload the Spanish international this year or risk losing him for nothing in 2016.

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Since arriving at Old Trafford for $27 million (a British record for a goalkeeper) as a skinny 20-year-old in 2011, De Gea has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world with his shot-stopping ability among the best, plus his distribution and ability to claim crosses have drastically improved.

Louis van Gaal has so far denied to talk publicly about De Gea’s contract situation, but it must be a concern that his goalkeeper, who has been the star of the season so far for United, has yet to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils.

With former Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes arriving on a free transfer earlier this month on a two-year deal, speculation will continue surrounding De Gea’s future at the “Theatre of Dreams.”