David de Gea offered 'a lot of money' to stay at Manchester United
Last Updated: 25/04/15 8:21pm
Louis van Gaal says Manchester United have offered David de Gea "a lot of money" in a bid to keep the goalkeeper at Old Trafford.
De Gea is in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award after an impressive season but links with Real Madrid have been a recurring theme in recent weeks.
In January, Van Gaal said he expected the 24-year-old to extend his current deal, which expires at the end of next season. But three months on there are no signs of progress.
When asked how negotiations were progressing, Van Gaal said: "It can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay. The player is the boss - he can say 'yes' or 'no'.
"You will have to ask David de Gea, not me. He has to sign. We have offered him a lot of money."
As to new signings this summer, Van Gaal refused to be drawn on Memphis Depay, saying only: "I don't discuss it with the media."
The club are however closing on a £21.5m deal with Borussia Dortmund for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky sources.
Van Gaal - speaking before Sky Sports News HQ broke the news of an imminent deal for Gundogan - said: "It's dependable on the market. It's not so easy as you think. OK, Manchester United is coming and can buy a player. It's not like that.
"Of course it's an advantage (to start early) but it's also dependable on the market, which players are free, which players want the clubs in the world to sell. It's not so easy and I don't want to buy every player.
"It has to fit in the profile of the positions in my philosophy. In the end the player has to decide and not the manager and not the manager of the selling club."
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