According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are in negotiations with Spanish ‘keeper David de Gea over a new contract.
This news comes less than two weeks after De Gea’s £29million move to Spanish giants Real Madrid collapsed.
The collapsed of that deal was thought to be set to lead an inevitable free transfer to Real Madrid next summer, as De Gea’s United contract expires in the summer.
However, this news will come as a major surprise to everybody in football.
Talks reportedly began between the club and De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes on Thursday at the clubs Carrington training ground. These talks were unexpected as De Gea was believed to have rejected United’s previous best offer of £200,000 per week on a five year deal.
Sources close to United are now claiming that the deal that is being discussed with De Gea’s is close to the one he was previously offered.
Much-maligned Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has joined the negotiations in an attempt to thrash out a new agreement with the ‘keeper.
It seemed like De Gea signing a new deal at Old Trafford was unlikely for much of the summer, as Real Madrid stalked the Spanish international. In fact it seemed that De Gea would end up in the Spanish capital, either this summer or next.
It would be a big achievement for United to get De Gea to sign that contract, even if it does mean that he leaves for Real Madrid next summer anyway.
At the moment United stand to receive no compensation for De Gea joining Los Blancos. Some football experts claimed that Real deliberately did not file paperwork to complete the deal this summer, so they could pick-up De Gea as a free agent next summer.
It seems the Spanish giants may be in for a shock, as it seems De Gea could sign a new deal, which means the 24-year-old is likely to cost the Spanish giants big money.
It would be fantastic for United to be able to keep hold of their two times Player of the Year, as he has been outstanding over the past few seasons. Following a shaky start to life in the Premier League he has grown into one of the best keepers in the league, if not the world.
His consistency helped the Red Devils to a lot of points last season and a place back in the Champions League.
David de Gea has not played any part in United’s season so far, because of his refusal to sign a new deal with the club.
However, a return to the first team against United’s arch-rivals Liverpool was already mooted by many before the contract negotiations, so the Spaniard now looks more likely to start in goal for United against their North West rivals on Saturday.
Argentinian ‘keeper Serio Romero has produced some decent performances, but United fans remain unconvinced that he will be the clubs long-term number one. De Gea is without doubt a far better ‘keeper.
United boss Louis van Gaal has come in for criticism at times during his career at Old Trafford for the way he handles his business. Dropping De Gea from the squad was understandable, but it almost felt like the veteran Dutchman was cutting his nose off to spite his face.
He had a top-class ‘keeper in his squad, who had been fantastic for the last few seasons, but he leaves him out of the team. It seems that situation could change this weekend, as De Gea looks set to be included in the United squad.
If he signs a new deal with the club then no doubt Van Gaal is likely to throw the Spaniard straight back into the starting line-up.
United would have to regard David de Gea signing a new contract with the club as a major victory. The Spaniard will still be first choice for United for the rest of the season and no doubt be consistent as ever.
However, if he signs a new contract and decides to move on next summer, then the Red Devils will no doubt receive a big money fee and also have time to find a replacement for the Spaniard.
It seems that David de Gea signing a new deal will mean that Manchester United are the biggest benefactors from the deal. This seemed unlikely a few weeks ago, but the Spaniard could still have a future at United even if it is only ten months.
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