Manchester United are poised to hand in-form goalkeeper David de Gea a huge new contract worth £120,000-a-week in order to keep the Spain international at Old Trafford and away from the clutches of Real Madrid.
This is according to the Mirror, who report that De Gea’s new deal would be worth a total of £30 million over five years. The 23-year-old’s current contract expires in 2016 - and following speculation that Real Madrid are plotting a £25 million January bid, the Red Devils are desperate for their first-choice keeper to commit his long-term future to the club.
De Gea to stall on contract offer?
Recent reports have claimed that De Gea has been advised by his agent, Jorge Mendes, to stall on signing a new contract with his current employers in the hope that Real Madrid, or another top club competing in the Champions League, will make an offer for his services in the near future.
De Gea’s stock has never been higher following his consistently excellent performances for Manchester United - he was named as the club’s Player of the Season by his teammates last term - and his progression in the Spain national team. The former Atletico Madrid star made his first competitive start for La Roja in Sunday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg and kept a clean sheet in a comfortable 4-0 win.
Real Madrid turn attention to Cech
While Real Madrid would love to bring De Gea to the Bernabeu in 2015, their pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech indicates that Manchester United have no intention of listening to offers for their gifted goalkeeper. Los Blancos signed Costa Rica international Keylor Navas in the summer, but the former Levante star has failed to display the out-of-sorts Iker Casillas at the start of this season.
Navas has made just one La Liga appearance so far this term, and Real Madrid may have concerns that he lacks the required quality or attitude to play week-in, week-out for arguably the world’s biggest football club, where the spotlight shines brightly.
Man United must keep De Gea
Losing De Gea would be a catastrophic blow to Manchester United, who have spent the last three years transforming the Spaniard from a raw but talented young keeper to one of the world’s best. The Red Devils would struggle to replace him with a player of similar quality - regardless of the fee they receive - and will subsequently do everything in their power to keep him at Old Trafford.
De Gea is happy at Manchester United and is expected to sign his new contract, but until he finally puts pen-to-paper the Red Devils can ill-afford to rest easily.