Manchester United must act quickly and meet David de Gea’s wage demands to tie him down to a new contract, as French champions PSG circle.
As per a report from The Sun, Manchester United are facing the risk of losing star goalkeeper David de Gea to European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window, unless they meet the Spaniard’s wage demands of £350,000-a-week.
De Gea will enter the final 12 months of his current contract with Manchester United at the end of the season. Negotiations over a new deal have been going on for a number of months now, but the two parties haven’t been able to arrive at an agreement, which has cast doubts over the immediate future of the 28-year-old at Old Trafford.
De Gea joined Manchester United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid in a £17.8 million deal. After a difficult first season, the Spanish international has grown from strength to strength to establish himself as one of the finest custodians in the game at the moment.
The 28-year-old has racked up over 350 appearances for Manchester United and has won a Premier League title, along with an FA Cup, a League Cup and the UEFA Europa League. The shot-stopper has been named the club’s Player of the Year on four occasions and is seen as an integral part of the team.
While in the 2018-19 campaign he hasn’t been at his usual level, there is no questioning de Gea’s class and quality. And, it is only natural that PSG are monitoring his contract situation with an eye on swooping in on him in the summer window.
Les Parisiens had been linked with the 28-year-old previously and are hoping to make a move for him ahead of the 2019-20 season, as they seek a long-term replacement for seasoned campaigner Gianluigi Buffon, who is in the twilight of his career.
PSG, as per the report from The Sun, are planning to make an offer of £60 million for the Manchester United goalkeeper. The French champions are also prepared to match de Gea’s demands of £350,000-a-week wages, which would make him the best-paid goalkeeper in the world.
Along with de Gea, PSG are hoping to sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in the summer as well, when his current contract expires at the end of the season.
There is no questioning the importance of David de Gea to this Manchester United side. And losing him at a time when the club is going through a rebuild phase under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be detrimental to the Red Devils’ hopes of challenging for honours. Hence, it is of paramount importance that United get de Gea tied down to a new long-term contract at the earliest.