According to multiple reports, David de Gea is finally set to sign a new contract at Manchester United in the coming weeks. The club have been in negotiations with De Gea for nearly 18 months now, as his current contract is due to expire next summer. A long-term target of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the Spanish goalkeeper would have been free to negotiate a pre-contract with another European club at the turn of the year. Instead, De Gea is reportedly on the brink of signing a new deal at United that will make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the history of the sport.
Unlike the situation a few years ago when De Gea was pursuing a move back to his home city of Madrid, United’s number 1 does not appear to be actively interested in a transfer. Instead, him and his representatives have used the leverage created by Alexis Sánchez’s ludicrous wages to push for compensation that puts De Gea in the top bracket of earners in football. The new contract, which should be announced when United return from their current pre-season tour, is a five-year deal reported to be worth between £350,000 to £375,000.
When asked about the possibility of De Gea finally signing a new deal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sounded optimistic.
“Hopefully we can agree with David as I’ve said a few times. That’ll be up to David and the club to announce when that happens, if and when.”
Let’s all hope this gets done soon.