Manchester United are considering the future of current first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Spanish international has been putting in under-par displays for the past season amid speculation over whether he we would sign a new contract with the club. Ultimately he recommitted his future and improved his form for the club following the decision to stay.
However, he remains well off his best, and he made another mistake for United on Sunday, when his clearance let Everton take the lead early in their Premier League match. Bruno Fernandes was able to grab an equaliser, and De Gea made a number of good saves thereafter, but he still had cost United a couple of points in their chase for a Champions League place. They remain three points off fifth place, though Manchester City’s imminent European ban may make a fifth-place finish sufficient.
The Daily Mail, though, believes that United are willing to consider moving the Spanish 29-year-old goalkeeper on in the summer transfer window, assuming anyone can take his £375,000-a-week wages on. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus seem the most likely destinations, because a move within the Premier League might be too controversial to pull off.
Sergio Romero is likely to face Derby County for United in their Thursday evening game in the Premier League, though the Argentine backup is not considered an option as De Gea’s long term replacement, having adequately performed the reserve role. Lee Grant, the number three, is out with a wrist injury and at 37, has no chance of taking over.
Joel Pereira is out on loan at Hearts in Scotland, but more likely to be promoted is another on-loan player, Dean Henderson. Henderson has spent the last two years on loan at Sheffield United, and the 22-year-old England under-21 international should meet United to discuss his future in the coming weeks.