David de Gea’s contract situation at Manchester United is reportedly nearing a resolution, with the Spaniard set to pen a new £350,000-a-week deal.
According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United superstar David de Gea is set to put an end to the uncertainty surrounding his contract situation, as he is close to signing a new deal with the Red Devils.
Since joining Manchester United in the summer of 2011 from Atletico Madrid, de Gea has established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the game and has grown into an integral part of the Red Devils’ setup. The Spaniard has amassed 349 appearances for the Mancunian outfit, winning a Premier League title, a Europa League, a League Cup and an FA Cup.
The ongoing campaign hadn’t started on the best of notes for de Gea, but the Spaniard’s form has improved drastically in recent weeks. The 28-year-old has started all of Manchester United’s 28 Premier League games, keeping only seven clean sheets, five of which have come since the turn of the year.
De Gea’s current contract would have expired at the end of the season, which prompted Manchester United to trigger the option of extending it by a further twelve months. The club have been in negotiations with the Spaniard over a new deal for a while now, but little progress had been made.
However, as per the latest report from The Sun, there has been a breakthrough in negotiations as de Gea is willing to commit his long-term future to Manchester United, signing a new deal worth £350,000-a-week. The pay packet is a significant increase on the player’s current salary of £200,000 per week and would make him the club’s second highest earner behind Alexis Sanchez.
The report claims that one of the chief factors for de Gea to arrive at this decision has been the turnaround of fortunes at Manchester United, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins at the club in December. The Red Devils have lost just one of their fifteen matches under the Norwegian and are strong contenders to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
This development, coming within a day of reports claiming that de Gea’s compatriot Juan Mata is closing in on a new one-year deal worth £170,000-a-week, is a huge boost for Manchester United.
The 28-year-old Spanish international is a key member of the Manchester United first-team and the club would have let themselves open for overtures from suitors, had they let him enter the final year of his contract. Should de Gea sign a new deal, he will follow in the footsteps of Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial, all of whom have penned new contracts recently.