Manchester United stopper David de Gea’s contract situation is being ‘monitored’ by Juventus as Paris Saint-Germain, as negotiations over a new deal stall over wage demands.
Spain’s number one has continued to prove himself as one of the world’s best between the sticks this term, but is struggling to agree on his worth with United after his representatives reportedly turned down their latest offer.
Whilst de Gea – who racked up his 100th Premier League clean sheet against Liverpool last weekend – is already the highest paid goalkeeper in world football, the United board were prepared to offer their prized asset £350,000 a week in order to fend off interest from Europe’s most affluent clubs.
However, as reported by the Evening Standard, the Spaniard’s representatives could price United out of completing a deal. ‘Super-agent’ Jorge Mendes will push for a higher wage offer and views de Gea’s bargaining position as strong.
United have already triggered their option to extend de Gea’s contract by 12 months meaning he is now contracted at the club until the summer of 2020, while privately the player insists he is happy at Old Trafford.
However, should contract talks continue to stall, there is a distinct possibility that the likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain could swoop when his contract reaches its final six months in a year’s time. It is reported that both clubs are ‘monitoring’ the keeper’s situation.
The 28-year-old’s current contract sees him earn around £200,000 per week, but it is thought he now wants to earn a figure similar to United’s highest earners, with Alexis Sanchez earning nearly double de Gea’s current salary.
United have previously fought off interest from Real Madrid to retain the keeper’s services, while the Standard’s report notes that the Red Devils’ hierarchy even drew up a shortlist of possible replacements (including Jan Oblak and Kasper Schmeichel) should de Gea depart.