Manchester United are reportedly set to renew their attempt to retain the services of David de Gea with another, improved contract offer.
According to a report by Daily Telegraph, Manchester United are poised to make another attempt to tie David de Gea down to a new contract amid concerns about his future. The Spaniard wants his wages to be doubled from the current £240,000-a-week terms to those similar to the club’s highest earner Alexis Sanchez.
David de Gea has established himself as a true stalwart during his time at Manchester United. In the eight years he has been at Old Trafford, the Spaniard has gone from strength to strength, amassing over 350 appearances while also being widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The recently concluded season was a rather underwhelming one for the 28-year-old, especially in the second half of the campaign, which saw him make a number of uncharacteristic errors that contributed to a catastrophic end to the season for Manchester United.
But, de Gea remains highly regarded at the club, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considering him to be a vital cog for his unit. Having said that, there has been a long-standing concern at Manchester United over the future of the star goalkeeper, who is set to enter the final twelve months of his contract with the Red Devils.
United have been in talks with the Spaniard and his agent Jorge Mendes over a bumper new deal for well over 18 months now, as per the report. But, with the two parties disagreeing over wages, there has been an impasse at Old Trafford, which is yet to be resolved.
The situation got so grim that recent reports had even suggested that Manchester United were prepared to cash in on the Spanish international. But, the Daily Telegraph suggest that the Premier League heavyweights have not thrown in the towel just yet.
The report suggests that with Manchester United unwilling to part ways with de Gea, contrary to the aforementioned reports, they are set to table a fresh contract offer. What has not been mentioned is the figure of the improved terms they are ready to offer to the player.
The 28-year-old wants his current £240,000-a-week to nearly £500,000 per week, which would make him the club’s highest earner alongside Alexis Sanchez. What is only known for now, according to the Daily Telegraph, is the fact that Manchester United are reluctant to meet his demands.
If that were to be the case, it is likely that United will be unable to tie de Gea down to a new deal, as has been the case. Should he do so and possibly run his contract down at Old Trafford, Manchester United could lose the Spaniard on a free transfer, with PSG reportedly ready to pounce.
Things remain delicately balanced in the saga that has seen Manchester United fail to reach an agreement with de Gea over a new deal. It now remains to be seen if he is ready to accept the fresh terms that are set to be offered, or if the standoff continues. For United, it is imperative he signs a renewal so as to retain an important player amid a rebuild project.