Negotiations have started at the Manchester United camp over securing the long-term future of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.

Several reports cropped up in the last few days saying the Red Devils are willing to hand De Gea a fresh contract, and initial talks about the same took place on Thursday, according to the Guardian.

De Gea's agent Jorge Mendes met Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and club secretary John Alexander at United's training ground in Carrington yesterday to discuss the way ahead for the 24-year-old goalkeeper at the Theatre of Dreams.

And as per reports, the parties have come to the conclusion that the contract extension to be offered to the Spain international by Manchester United will see him pocket a whopping amount of £200,000 a week.

De Gea's present contract at Manchester United runs until next summer.

The uncertainty over the player's future ended after the summer transfer window came to a close. Heavy interest from Real Madrid for the player was the main reason behind Van Gaal not playing De Gea in any of the six games – four Premier League matches and two Champions League play-offs - of Manchester United in the 2015-16 season so far.

But with the transfer saga finally coming to a rest now, and with De Gea to stay at United until at least January next year – when the winter transfer window opens for a month – United will look to cement the future of the player at the club now.

It is heavily mooted that Van Gaal will be ready to hand the Spaniard his first game of the season against Liverpool this Saturday, after De Gea started the Euro 2016 qualifier for Spain against Macedonia just a few days back.

Meanwhile, Liverpool custodian Simon Mignolet also praised the Spanish keeper for his performances in a Manchester United shirt, while insisting De Gea has the ability to cope with the pressure of a return back into the first team.

"It is always difficult to tell what is going on looking from the outside. The only thing I know is he is a very good goalkeeper who has proved himself to be very important for Manchester United over time. I think he has all the abilities to play again," Mignolet said.