Keeper Clsoe To New Deal
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is ready to sign a new five-year contract with the Premier League club.
De Gea has been dragging his heels over putting pen to paper on a new deal – his present contract runs to the end of next season after United triggered a one-year extension clause just before last Christmas.
Talks have been taking place since the start of the season between De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes and officials from Old Trafford. But two events have made the prospect of a new deal more likely.
Real Madrid’s signing of Thibaut Courtois last summer ended their interest in De Gea. It was an interest that went back to 2015 when he almost moved to the Bernabeu.
Secondly, Jose Mourinho’s exit from Old Trafford just before Christmas has led to a re-think by De Gea. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus had both been linked and he was looking earlier this season at a move as the atmosphere in the United dressing-room turned toxic.
Som,e reports had suggested that De Gea wanted parity with Alexis Sanchez who currently earns around £500,000 a week with Manchester United. De Gea is ready to sign a deal worth £375,000 a week according to Metro.
United Join The Race For Ndombele
Manchester United will battle local rivals Manchester City and three other clubs for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
The 22-year-old was the subject of a €50 million (£43.7 million) offer from City last summer – a bid that was rejected out-of-hand by Lyon. The French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas extended Ndombele’s contract earlier this season and is looking for around €80 million (£70 million).
United have already made contact with Ndombele’s representatives but the Manchester pair are well down the pecking order. Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested with the Serie A side said to be front-runners. They’re ready to make a formal offer. Inter Milan are also being linked although Lyon’s price tag is likely to end their interest.