Manchester United are prepared to make star performer David de Gea the best paid goalkeeper in the Premier League in order to ensure he doesn’t abandon them for Real Madrid.
The Spaniard has become something of a fixation for the La Liga giants in recent months, and the combination of his growing reputation, favourable nationality and Iker Casillas’s downhill spiral has only served to fuel rumours of a potential move to Los Blancos.
Yet amongst all the hype surrounding his availability his current club have naturally looked to make a departure an impossibility, by handing him a new deal more reflective of his importance to the squad.
Recently it’s been suggested that negotiations have gone back and forth regarding his extension at Old Trafford, but if they have then they’ve yet to produce fruitful results.
Early reports this morning claiming that De Gea had put pen to paper on a lucrative new deal look off the mark awaiting official confirmation, and according to the Daily Mirror there’s still plenty of trepidation for United fans to harbour whilst the situation awaits its culmination.
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Hopes will likely be raised with the news that chiefs are ready to put him in a pay bracket above the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, Hugo Lloris and Wojciech Szczesny, but until De Gea himself makes it known he has no interest in a departure, doubts will remain.
It’s believed the offer United are prepared to put on the table for the 24-year-old would see him earning £140,000-a-week; £20,000-a-week more than Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who saw his pay packet given a healthy boost when he signed a new deal last month.
Of course Real’s financial muscle means that they might be prepared to match that without too much hesitation, particularly as the pressure grows on Casillas in anticipation of what he’ll do this summer.
The new proposal from the Red Devils is also said to include a £45 million release clause in his contract, ensuring that United can hold out for a hefty sum if they ever sell him in future years.
With Victor Valdes having been signed this month they do have a world-class backup, though Van Gaal will be extremely reluctant to allow arguably his best player to leave nonetheless.