Keeper Drags His Heels Over New Deal
Manchester United fear that David De Gea could be pricing himself out of a new deal with the club.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of next season after United triggered a one-year extension clause just before Christmas. But although negotiations have continued since the turn of the year De Gea appears to be in no rush to put pen to paper.
United have offered the 28-year-old a deal worth that would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. While some outlets have suggested the contract would be worth £350,000 a week the Evening Standard claims it would bring de Gea alongside Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean earns a basic wage of £400,000 a week with £70,000 per game in appearance money and bonuses that could be worth another £30,000 a week.
Aaron Ramsey’s recent deal with Juventus is a measure of where de Gea sees himself if he becomes a free agent at the end of next season. The Arsenal midfielder is to be paid £400,000 a week by the Serie A club having been told by the Gunners that he was free to leave the club.
Juventus are one of the clubs interested in De Gea. Paris Saint-Germain are also being linked. Both are among the small group of clubs who would be able to pay de Gea what he believes he is worth. Ultimately, Manchester United are another one of the select few and should be able to match the keeper’s demands.
De Gea was linked with a move to Real Madrid in 2015. The deal fell through due to fault with the fax machine at the Bernabeu. But that was after United waited until the last minute to send the documents through. That scuppered what would have been a dream move for De Gea – a move that won’t happen now as Real signed Thibaut Courtois last summer.
But it does open the question as to whether De Gea believes now is payback time.