The 27-year-old has one year remaining on his current £200,000-a-week contract, which includes the option of extending for another 12 months.
However, after Jose Mourinho last week revealed United’s intentions to secure De Gea on a new, longer deal, The Telegraph reports that talks are now at a preliminary stage.
Manchester United’s January transfer targets
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Club: Shakhtar Donetsk
One player understood to be on his way out of Old Trafford is Matteo Darmian.
As The Independent exclusively reported on Wednesday, Milan and Valencia are both interested in taking the 28-year-old full-back off Mourinho’s hands.
If Darmian is not sold this month, however, he could be used a makeweight in a prospective deal for Juventus’ Alex Sandro.
Despite fears on Tuesday that Mkhitaryan needed to be convinced of a switch to north London, the Armenian could now join up with Arsene Wenger’s squad before the weekend.
Mkhitaryan’s departure will pave the way for Alexis Sanchez to join United on a four-year contract worth approximately £400,000-a-week.
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