Jose Mourinho looked to put an end to all the speculation earlier in the summer by confirming that the Spaniard will be staying at Old Trafford this season.
That appeared to put the rumours on hold – for a week or so at least.
But that hasn’t stopped speculation on what will happen next summer.
The Sun is reporting that De Gea will be allowed to leave the club next year if United can agree a deal for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The Italy international was early linked with a potential move to Old Trafford with Super-agent Mino Raiola insisting that the Rossoneri had bullied his client during contractual negotiations. However, he made a surprise U-turn to extend his stay at Milan on a fresh four-year deal which includes a £44m release clause, if the Rossoneri fail to make the Champions League next season.
According to The Sun, De Gea is desperate for a return to his homeland, but he will not push for a move against the Red Devils’ wishes. The Spain international has two more years left on his present United deal, and it is suggested that Jose Mourinho would allow him to secure his Real Madrid move, should a suitable replacement be found.
Donnarumma is currently the prime target on Mourinho’s shortlist to replace De Gea, and the teenager is expected to push for a San Siro exit if they fail to clinch a top-four finish in the Serie A following a huge spending spree which has brought in 10 players.
Manchester United will seek to maintain their early lead at the top of the table when they face Swansea City in Saturday’s early kickoff from the Liberty Stadium.