Man United have a troublesome issue when it comes to trying to persuade David de Gea to spend his long-term future at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has a year remaining on the contract he signed in 2015 – though Jose Mourinho has verified his side will try to extend goalkeeper’s staying time for another 12 months.
Once again he was the Red Devil’s remarkable performer managing to outshine record signings of Paul Pogba and Man United’s highest-paid player Alexis Sanchez.
To replace him in the current market would certainly end Gianluigi Buffon’s reign as the most valuable goalkeeper in history.
Then there is the Real Madrid opportunity that just will not go away.
The Spanish giant’s collapse to buy Athletic Bilbao Kepa Arrizabalaga has only made a repeated bid for De Gea even more anticipated.
If his proposed deal to the Bernabeu did not collapse at the last minute of 2015 transfer window, he’d be a two-time winner of Uefa Champions League by now.
At the same time at Old Trafford club, he’s won the FA Cup and the League Cup. He wasn’t in the starting XI for last season’s Europa League win, which would have been the biggest trophy of his career.