Real Madrid target David de Gea could become the highest paid goalkeeper in the world with Manchester United poised to offer a bumper contract extension.

Despite a stuttering start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Manchester United are ready to offer David de Gea a massive contract extension, which could make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. The Spanish international has been hugely linked with a move to Real Madrid for the past few seasons and Man United are keen to put to an end to it once and for all as they prepare a bumper contract extension for the highly rated goalkeeper.

According to latest reports from Spanish news outlet Marca, Manchester United have already reached an agreement over de Gea’s renewal with Jose Mourinho hoping that he will commit his long-term future with the Red Devils. The new contract extension could reportedly net him a whopping €21 million per season, which should be enough to convince him to agree to the new five-year contract.

This could be a huge loss for Real Madrid, however, who were plotting a £100 million bid for him this summer after his botched move to Santiago Bernabeu in 2015. The European champions are apparently keen on signing a top class keeper following the unsatisfactory performances of Keylor Navas last season and David de Gea was indeed a viable option for Los Blancos.

Manchester United, on the other hand, will be delighted by the prospect of David de Gea committing his long-term future at Old Trafford. Following his move from Atletico in the summer of 2011, de Gea has found astounding success in the English top flight, despite a slow start to his life at Manchester United.

During his seven-year spell with the Premier League giants, de Gea has featured in over 315 games for Manchester United in all competitions at the age of just 27!

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

All smiles ahead of a potential contract extension? (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

His recent error in the 3:3 draw against Portugal was only a rare blip in an extraordinary career that has seen him become one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

In recent years, the Spaniard has played a critical role in Red Devils’ success, helping them win the UEFA Europa League under Louis Van Gaal and also register an FA Cup triumph under Jose Mourinho in the 2016/17 campaign. In addition, he also won the Golden Glove in the Premier League this past season after recording 18 clean sheets in 37 matches.

Throughout his years in English top flight, de Gea has shown what he is capable of and his contract extension could come as a sign of relief for the Manchester United fans and club officials alike, knowing that he could definitely play a huge role as they aim to lift the Premier League crown for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Currently on World Cup duty with Spain, the 27-year-old will likely sign the contract after the World Cup. But with de Gea himself, refusing to rule out a move to the Bernabeu, United will need to act swiftly if they are to tie down the highly rated keeper to a long-term contract.

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