David de Gea deal setting Premier League trend

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Whatever has truly gone on, we will probably never know. Most of that infamous deadline day deal will more than likely never be fully revealed and to be quite honest, it's not worth worrying about.

Man United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and they didn't want to sell one of the most promising goalkeepers to one of their biggest European rivals, Real Madrid. Fair game.

Everyone then expected De Gea to simply see out the year left on his contract and then pack his bags in the summer and go on a free transfer, or possibly even be sold on the cheap in January. What everyone didn't expect was his to sign a new four-year deal.


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But why not? It shouldn't really be that big of a surprise and it's something clubs should do a lot more often in truth. Almost all the parties involved win, apart from the club who is buying the player, but why should the selling club care about them?

The selling club 'reward' the player with a new deal and then sell him next season for considerably more than they would get otherwise, which would more often than not be absolutely nothing. The player gets a bumper new deal until he can move on the next season and of course, the agent will be getting something out of it.

Man United have simply done what more clubs should do. Why let the contract of a player of that calibre run down to just a year or two? Get them signed on long deals and then they will either stay, or you will have something to bargain with when they decide to jump ship. But they've somehow saved themselves by not allowing the move to go through, and why should they? He's their player until next summer; they can do what they like with him.

Depending on the season Man United now have, and how well the fans and the club treat De Gea after all that has gone on, he will either move in the summer for a world record fee for a goalkeeper, or he will stay.

Once again, Man United will be in a win-win situation. As for how the fans and the club will treat him, considering he has been their player of the season for the last two seasons, I can only imagine they will treat him like a hero once again having signed a new contract.

In many ways, this transfer window was extremely refreshing. Despite the record spend from the Premier League, hitting £1 billion for the calendar year also, it was good to see some clubs stand their ground.

West Brom and Everton both declined staggering offers for Saido Berahino and John Stones respectively and in previous seasons, they would have felt compelled to accept offers half that size. But with the new TV deal coming in, clubs know they don't need that kind of money and instead can hold onto their prized assets and try and achieve something in the league, rather than just settling for mid-table mediocrity.

So don't be surprised if those two also sign new deals in the coming weeks, both probably with large enough release clauses to sell them in a year or so. Because let's face it, Everton and West Brom are always going to have to sell to the big clubs eventually, but it's great to see them stand their ground a bit, not just with the big clubs, but also with their own players.

At the end of the day, they are under contract and should respect the club's wishes to turn down offers that they do not feel match the value of the player to them. Because that's all it comes down to, not how much the player is worth, but how much the player is worth to the club and right now, Everton need John Stones a hell of a lot more than Chelsea do.

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