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Offer of 'lot of money' yet to sway David De Gea on Manchester United deal

By Paul Hirst

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 to win the PFA Player of the Year award following a string of fine performances for United.

Real Madrid's interest in De Gea has strengthened because of those displays and a transfer to the European champions would have its merits for the player, particularly when his girlfriend Edurne Garcia resides in the Spanish capital.

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.

That is not due to a lack of willing on United's part. They have offered the Spaniard a bumper new deal as they are desperate for him to stay, Van Gaal has revealed.

"It takes a long time now," the United boss said when asked how negotiations with De Gea are progressing.

"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."

Although Van Gaal wants the former Atletico Madrid man to remain, he at least knows he has a tailor-made replacement ready in three-time Champions League winner Victor Valdes, who has not played for United since signing on a free transfer in January.

United's scouts have been scouring the globe for new additions in other positions, but Van Gaal was keeping quiet about progress on other deals at his press conference yesterday.

When asked whether PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay had flown in for talks - as has been reported in Holland -Van Gaal gave little away.

"I don't discuss it with the media,'' Van Gaal said. "I have a lot of relationships with players. I cannot buy all the players I've coached already.''

Meanwhile, Van Gaal expects Ryan Giggs to succeed him as United manager when the time comes. "I expect that he (Giggs) will be the next manager after I am gone," Van Gaal added.

"Now I have the responsibility. He has tasks that he has to perform like the players. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well."

The Welshman made a record 963 appearances for United during his glittering playing career, which stretched to 25 years.

Reports from Germany suggest that Manchester United have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Ilkay Gundogan.

The Dortmund midfielder, whose contract expires next summer, has been frequently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months.

And according to reports the Reds have reached a deal to sign the 24-year-old who is set to finalise the deal this weekend.

United were heavily linked with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal last summer, while Van Gaal is known to be an admirer of Roma's Kevin Strootman, who has struggled with injuries this season.

Gundogan has had his own fitness problems - the German star spent a year on the sidelines with a back injury. But he has since spoken of the "liberating feeling" of putting his injury woes behind him.

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