Manchester United chiefs are becoming increasingly concerned that they are losing their battle to keep hold of star player David de Gea, with the Spaniard yet to pen a new deal at the club.
With the summer transfer window firmly on the horizon and Real Madrid’s interest having been present for sometime, the powers that be at Old Trafford have every right to be fearing the worst given that they’ve been trying to get De Gea to sign a contract for a number of months.
United's attempts for De Gea
According to the Daily Mirror the Red Devils are ready to make their number one the highest paid goalkeeper in the Premier League with wages of £140,000-a-week, but all the same they’re concerned over the lack of progress that’s been made.
Having been extremely shaky during his debut campaign in England De Gea has evolved into arguably one of the most competent stoppers in Europe, and he’s certainly one of the most important members of Louis van Gaal’s United setup.
Were it not for the Spain international the Red Devils might have suffered far more losses earlier on in this campaign, and as a result they have him to thank for the fact they’re still well in the race for a top four finish.
Yet his good form hasn’t gone unnoticed on the continent, and Real are the chief suitors looking to offer De Gea the next step in his career. The 24-year-old is viewed at the Santiago Bernabeu as the ideal successor to Iker Casillas, and if anyone can broker what would certainly be a blockbuster deal, it’s his agent, the renowned Jorge Mendes.
That’s a scenario United would definitely want to avoid, although the arrival of Victor Valdes has given them an experienced backup option to fall back on. De Gea is not only a superb performer on the pitch but he’s also grown into a fan favourite and, now that Van Gaal has pushed the team into a period of mass transition, he’s also one of the most senior members of the squad.
For De Gea himself of course a move to Madrid wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. For one thing it would virtually turn him into the undisputed Spain number one overnight, and it would also give him a far better chance at winning major silverware next season.
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