Reports from Spain indicates that Manchester United would take a hard line if they are forced into selling David De Gea.

United may lose the Spaniard to Real Madrid this summer and have already identified replacements for the keeper. However, any deal that takes the Madrid native back home would cost Real Madrid their star midfielder, Toni Kroos.

De Gea almost joined Real Madrid in 2015, but stayed behind and signed a new deal at Old Trafford. Because of this, United, who do not need the money, feel they are in a better position to negotiate this time round.

Jose Mourinho needs a ball playing midfielder to replace the outgoing Michael Carrick and has identified Toni Kroos as the ideal replacement.

De Gea has not made up his mind on his future, but his recent minor issue with Jose Mourinho may signal the beginning of the end of his stay in Manchester.

De Gea has no release clause on his current deal, it would be interesting to see if Real Madrid would use a player as part exchange for the deal or offer an astronomical figure.

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