Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on New David De Gea Contract
Manchester United are reportedly ready to make David De Gea the highest-paid goalkeeper on the planet, as they are prepared to hand him a £350,000-per-week deal to stay at Old Trafford.
According to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday, the Red Devils are keen to tie the Spain international down for the long term and end any lingering interest in his services from Real Madrid.
“With high-earners Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini expected to be off the wage bill next season, that would help Jose Mourinho pay for De Gea’s huge rise,” Hetherington noted. “His current deal ends next year and there is an option to extend that by 12 months—but it does not look like coming to that.”
Hetheringhon added that De Gea earns around £210,000 per week as part of his existing deal, and United are ready to give him a significant pay rise following yet another incredible season.
Should the United man sign a new contract, Real Madrid would reportedly turn their attention to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as they seek to improve their options between the sticks.
If Mourinho can get De Gea’s future secured, it would be a major boost for United. As BBC Sport’s Simon Stone noted recently, in terms of shot-stopping there’s nobody better:
When De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, he endured a testing start to life in the Premier League. But any questions about his ability have long since evaporated.
During his time at Old Trafford, he has gone from strength to strength, improving all aspects of his game and helping United win numerous prizes. De Gea has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League during his time at Old Trafford.
In the summer of 2015, the Spaniard did come close to departing, with a switch to Real Madrid collapsing in the final stages of the Spanish transfer window. Writer Liam Canning said United should feel lucky he’s still around:
United supporters will feel they should have won more silverware with a goalkeeper like De Gea—and definitely added to the one Premier League medal the Spaniard has in his collection.
For Mourinho, ensuring De Gea will be spending the next chapter of his career at Old Trafford means he could build some a strong foundation. However, there’s work to do in that sense, with Manchester City dominating the Premier League this season at the expense of their rivals, as we can see:
While the new deal’s figures may seem extortionate, the 27-year-old is one of a select few players who would be worth that kind of outlay.
United will be keen to see De Gea maintain the same immaculate standards he’s set in recent years and to potentially develop into a leader too. Should he do that over the course of a new long-term contract, there would be no question about whether the Spain international warrants such a lucrative salary.
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