Real Madrid make Man Utd keeper De Gea priority 2013 target
The People says boss Jose Mourinho, the driving force behind the move for De Gea, caused a stir in Spain when he dropped the regular stopper and captain Iker Casillas for his side's last match in La Liga, against Malaga.
And while Mourinho's own future at the Bernabeu remains in doubt, sources close to the club claim they will press on with a move for De Gea even if they do decide to part company with the former Chelsea manager.
But De Gea - who has denied rumours of homesickness - is not seen as United's out-and-out No.1 as Ferguson also uses Dane Anders Lindegaard.
The Spaniards will limit any offer to £20m and that could include a Real youngster moving the opposite way.