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Manchester United star set for huge pay rise

De Gea enjoyed an excellent second season at Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
De Gea enjoyed an excellent second season at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set for a bumper pay rise following a successful year at Old Trafford last season, according to The Sun.

The Spanish shot-stopper currently earns a salary of £55,000-a-week, meaning he is way off some of United's biggest earners.

But the Manchester United executives are keen on sitting down with the Spain U21 international's representatives to discuss a wage upgrade, with a figure of £75,000-a-week rumoured to be the amount wanted by De Gea. 

And with goalkeeper reportedly being chased by La Liga giants Barcelona, the wage upgrade would soon convince De Gea that his immediate future lies at Old Trafford, rather than back in his home country.

However, with Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes expected to leave the Nou Camp after the coming season, the Catalan-based club are on the lookout for a new shot-stopper. 

And Barcelona's interest in the keeper will only have been enhanced in the past weeks, following De Gea's performances for Spain at the European U21 Championship, which his team eventually won, beating Italy 4-2 in the final.

De Gea was signed two seasons ago by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a fee of £17.8m, but doubt quickly surrounded his future.

Many critics questioned the Spaniard's ability to compete in the Premier League, due to the physicality of matches. But De Gea returned last season and answered his critics, making 41 appearances in the United goal.

His performances led United to their 20th league title, and he was eventually named in the Premier League Team of the Season.

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Premier League
Manchester United
Barcelona
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David de Gea

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