Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is hopeful of finally reaching a breakthrough in contract negotiations.

The star has hope because United have made an improved offer to the talented goal keeper. The Spain goalkeeper has entered the final year of his deal and will be a free agent in 12 months.

But United have told him they will not sell this summer – even if he rejects their latest offer. Old Trafford’s hierarchy have made the decision that they are prepared to risk losing him for nothing to give them every chance of reaching agreement.

De Gea has been holding out for a deal that will make him the highest paid player at the club, in line with Alexis Sanchez’ terms of around £450,000-a-week

United have so far refused to meet those demands – with their best offer of around £350,000-a-week rejected earlier in the season.

It is not clear how much higher they are prepared to go – but their latest offer has been tempting enough to get De Gea around the table, with sources confirming talks are ongoing.

While United recognise they are gambling on losing a potential £70m fee for their No1, it is considered a calculated risk.

Having signed him for £18.9m in 2011, there is a feeling they have had plenty of value out of him – while the club’s financial strength means they could absorb the cost of losing him for nothing.

United have already tied down Marcus Rashford to a four-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months. De Gea’s contract is now the priority, with the club conscious of interest from Juventus and Paris Saint-German.

Sources close to De Gea have always maintained he wants to stay at Old Trafford – but the difficulty in convincing him to put pen paper on a new deal is evidence of his willingness to walk away.

Source: Evening Standard