After years of speculation surrounding the future of David de Gea, Manchester United face a new battle as they aim to keep him at Old Trafford.
United have been battling to keep De Gea out of the clutches of Real Madrid since 2015. The Spanish number one was on the brink of moving back to the Spanish capital, only for a faulty fax machine to get the blame for the breakdown of the deal on deadline day.
A few days after that failed transfer, de Gea signed a new four year deal at a Old Trafford, a deal which hugely increased his wages, and runs until the summer of 2019. Real Madrid were thought to have rekindled their interest earlier this summer but were unwilling to meet United’s demands, especially considering Zinedine Zidane’s satisfaction with current number one Keylor Navas.
However, according to Le10 Sport in France, de Gea is on the shortlist of big spending French giants, Paris Saint-Germain. He, alongside Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, is part of a shortlist of goalkeepers for the French club, who are looking to improve on their current options of Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola.
However, as Sport Witness rightly point out, any move to lure de Gea or Oblak to the Parc des Princes would not come cheap. Oblak has a buyout clause of €100m, while De Gea is arguably one of the top two goalkeepers in the world and could easily command a similar fee.
While PSG’s Qatari owners could comfortably afford to land another big name signing, Financial Fair Play rules prevent owner bankrolling transfers. PSG, who spent £198m to bring Neymar from Barcelona, have already committed a further £166m to make Kylian Mbappe’s loan move from Monaco a permanent on next summer, meaning finances could be stretched.
Manchester United are thought to be keen to tie de Gea down to a new and improved long term deal, with the player thought to be very happy at the club.