Man United transfers: David De Gea will cost big money, says Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal issues Real Madrid with stark warning over David De Gea's price tag

Louis van Gaal has warned Real Madrid that Manchester United want a big fee for David De Gea if the goalkeeper is to leave Old Trafford.

The Red Devils manager, who turned 64 on Saturday, started with new signing Sergio Romero in goal after he opted against playing De Gea amid rumours linking the shot stopper with Madrid.

We cannot let him go easily. We had to pay a lot of money for all the players we wanted. We want to sell at the same level when we have to sell

Louis van Gaal

Los Blancos, who sold Iker Casillas to Porto earlier this summer, have already had a £25m offer rebutted by the 20-time English champions for their reigning player of the year.

Speaking after United edged to a 1-0 victory over Spurs at Old Trafford in their opening game of the season, Van Gaal told BT Sport:

“I cannot say [when the saga will be over] because I am not the most important part. The most important part is the player and the club who wants to buy him.

“He is our best player for three years chosen by the fans. We cannot let him go easily. We had to pay a lot of money for all the players we wanted. We want to sell at the same level when we have to sell.

“We want to keep him of course.”

United sealed three points in their opening game of the season after Spurs defender Kyle Walker prodded the ball past his own goalkeeper under pressure from Wayne Rooney in the first half.

More: Rooney: Man United will improve

Van Gaal has signed five players in the summer transfer window, spending nearly £80m.

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