Manchester United and David De Gea seem to be in contract discussions constantly. However, that might change soon. The Spaniard is reportedly close to sign a new deal with The Red Devils, according to a report from The Guardian.
De Gea, whose current deal ends at the end of the current season following a 12-month extension activated by the club last term, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. However, Los Merengues already have Thibaut Courtois and Alphonse Areola as goalkeepers. All signs indicate there’s no space for the Spaniard at the Santiago Bernabeu. And that could ease talks towards agreeing to a new deal at Old Trafford.
That deal might become a reality sooner than later, however. The aforementioned report from The Guardian indicated De Gea would earn a basic salary of £290,000 per week. That’s quite close to what the club’s top earner, Paul Pogba, earns per week. It’s worth noting that Pogba is also holding contract talks with Manchester United. But securing De Gea’s commitment won’t be easy.
Real Madrid remain interested despite already having two excellent goalkeepers. Juventus have also expressed a desire to sign De Gea, although they would prefer to sign him for free next summer. However, De Gea’s new deal at Old Trafford would bury every chance of him leaving the team in the near future. Now it’s up to the management to make it a reality.
One of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities since he became the manager on a permanent basis was to convince young players to remain at Old Trafford. The first step was successful since Anthony Martial extended his contract back in January. Making De Gea to do the same would represent a massive boost for the side. That’s something they desperately need considering how the season started at Old Trafford.
De Gea has been at Manchester United since the 2011-12 season. He has featured 366 times for the club.