Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer £60 million for Manchester United’s goalkeeper David de Gea, according to reports.
The Sun claims that the French champions are ready to pay up for the Spanish international, who has just one year left on his contract. That reduces the amount that United can reasonably ask for De Gea, but the alternative could be losing him on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper reportedly wants £350,000 a week after seeing Alexis Sanchez take home £50,000 a week more than that as his basic wage, and United are reluctant to meet his demands despite being comfortably the best goalkeeper in the world.
De Gea’s standards have slipped over the last few weeks, which colours the impression some fans have of him. Louis van Gaal dropped him when it appeared he was on his way out to Real Madrid which was only prevented by a botched communication between the two clubs at the last minute.
The paper claims that PSG are happy to meet the player’s wage demands, and that they are facing competition for his signature from Juventus, the Italian champions, who are usually unwilling to turn down a bargain in the transfer market.
The addition of De Gea to either of those squads should transform them into serious Champions League contenders after years of struggle in the competition.
For United, there are a handful of potential replacements. Sergio Romero is a capable understudy but lacks the brilliance to suggest he will make it as a first choice. Thibaut Courtois may become available in the summer, and could form part of a deal that sees Paul Pogba do one after years of underperformance. Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid would cost slightly more to replace than would be raised from De Gea, but he would command lower wages.