DAVID DE GEA has turned down a potential £500,000 a week and a chance to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo again in Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo’s Saudi side Al-Nassr were keen to make him the latest big-name addition and retain hope of talking him round.
But sources close to De Gea insist wife Edurne is not keen on joining the Middle East exodus.
United could yet offer De Gea a short-term deal, while Valencia’s interest in the Spaniard may be scuppered by their financial issues.
De Gea would then link up with Ronaldo’s old rival Lionel Messi, rather than the Portuguese.
While Inter Miami also possess his former Spain team-mates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.
Man Utd could be without No1 goalkeeper Andre Onana in the New Year, with Cameroon having qualified.
The tournament is set to take place between January 13 and February 11.
United bought Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce for £4.3m in the summer, while they also still have Tom Heaton on the books.
But De Gea could yet still be asked to return on a short-term basis.
The former Red Devil has continued to be seen around Manchester.
And he recently hung out with United star Sergio Reguilon.