Talks Under Way
Manchester United look set to trigger a one-year extension in the contract of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea. But talks have taken place over a new deal.
De Gea’s current deal expires at the end of this season and as things stand he can open talks from 1 January over a move to a foreign club. However, United are expected to use their option to extend the deal for another year.
Reports earlier this month suggested that a new deal for De Gea were being held up by his personal terms. The arrival of Alexis Sanchez at the end of January on wages that could top £500,000 a week always had the potential to trigger similar demands from United’s top players.
But the Evening Standard claims De Gea’s reluctance to put pen to paper was down to his personal ambitions as a player rather than any financial considerations.
The paper claims that with the Premier League title now effectively out of Manchester United’s reach following their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and with United seemingly years away from a realistic title challenge, De Gea is seeing his chances of major honours slipping away.
The 28-year-old has won just one Premier League title with United along with single triumphs in the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League. But a Champions League appears to be as distant as the Premier League.
Even with the one-year extension, United could face selling De Gea at the end of the season. However, his options narrowed this summer when Real Madrid signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea. The La Liga side were long thought to be potential suitors for De Gea.
Juventus remain interested with former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny now between the sticks instead of Gianluigi Buffon. They are currently watching De Gea’s situation with interest.