De Gea In Talks Over New Deal
David De Gea is ready to put pen to paper on a new £200,000-a-week deal at Manchester United. We reported yesterday that his agent Jorge Mendes had arrived at United’s Carrington training complex for talks following the collapse of his move to Real Madrid. Now, the smart money is on a new deal for De Gea whose current deal at Old Trafford expires next summer.
De Gea was offered £130,000 a week by Real Madrid having agreed personal terms with the La Liga side earlier this summer. But Mendes’s arrival in Manchester looks like a prelude to a new contract at Old Trafford. Talks took place yesterday between De Gea, Mendes and United boss Louis van Gaal and some outlets claim that discussions are progressing well.
Louis van Gaal stated last month that he would have to confront the De Gea situation if he was still at the club after the 1 September transfer deadline. Mendes’s arrival could be just to discuss that and nothing else. But reports from Spain earlier this week claimed that Mendes and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have fallen out over the Madrid’s failure to seal the deal even though Perez has provided documentary proof that United tried to register his exit from Old Trafford on Fifa’s Transfer Matching System until after the transfer deadline in Spain which was a day earlier than in England.
Meanwhile, De Gea is expected to make his first appearance of the season for United in tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Neymar Set For Talks Over Barcelona Extension
Manchester United transfer target Neymar is to open talks with Barcelona over a new deal. United were reported to have bid £140million for the Brazil international and offered him a deal far greater than the £160,000 a week he earns at present.
Neymar’s new deal will be worth £200,000 a week AFTER tax – that’s the equivalent of around £360,000 a week gross. The 23-year-old – who currently doubles his earnings with sponsorship deals and endorsements – moved to the Nou Camp in 2013. His contract calls for a re-negotiation in his third season with the club.
Neymar’s father – Neymar senior, who handles all negotiations regarding his son’s financial affairs – will travel to Italy next week for Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Roma. Some of the Catalan side’s top brass will also be there and they will take the opportunity to speak to Neymar senior over two main points. First of all, they want to revise terms of the final two years of his current deal. Secondly, they want to talk about a contract extension until 2021.
Last month, after hearing of United’s £140million transfer bid, Barcelona president Josep-Maria Bartomeu said he wanted Neymar to sign a ten-year contract. That looks set to come in stages rather than all at once.