Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be a free agent at the end of the season.
United have the option of extending his tenure for a further year, but there are questions about his suitability for Erik ten Hag’s system and his age.
Concerns over his situation have prompted United to look for alternatives, with Porto’s Diogo Costa emerging as the main alternative.
However, according to an exclusive from The Daily Star, the Spaniard will be staying at Old Trafford for a considerable future.
The Daily Star indicates that Ten Hag has approved negotiation operations to renew De Gea’s contract.
“David de Gea will be forced to take a significant pay cut to extend his stay at Manchester United. They [club bosses] They want to cut De Gea’s weekly salary, which makes him the second highest payer at the club behind Cristiano Ronaldo, by at least £100,000.
“That would save them the better part of £5m a year. So far there have been no talks between United and De Gea’s representatives about his future beyond the season.”
“The Reds supremo has told the board to re-sign De Gea, but he accepts that will only happen if he agrees to take a big hit on his pay package.”
De Gea himself has made no secret of his desire to remain at the club he has been with since 2011 when United snatched Atletico Madrid’s hands.
Even after taking the £100,000 pay cut, to £275,000, De Gea would remain one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in world football.
He endured a rough start to life under Ten Hag as his mistakes helped Brentford on their way to a 4-0 victory against the Red Devils.
Since then, however, the 32-year-old has done well, occasionally making brilliant saves when called upon. His heroism against West Ham helped guarantee the team the three points.
Certainly a section of the crowd would have loved to see another goalkeeper come on, but if Ten Hag is confident that De Gea can adapt to their philosophy, the board must back him and come to terms with De Gea.
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