Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea sees his contract expire at the end of this month, with reports stating that “no agreement” has yet been made to keep him at Old Trafford.
De Gea joined the Red Devils in 2011, after an impressive 2-year stint in Atletico Madrid’s first team, and quickly solidified himself as United’s No1 choice in net.
De Gea impressed so much, in fact, that he eventually replaced Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas as Spain’s No1 choice in goal for the 2016 Euros, despite finding himself as 3rd choice in his first few seasons in the Spanish first team.
That was up until Euro 2020, when Unai Simón replaced the then-30-year-old United shot stopper as their No1 option.
Despite being so highly rated, the goalkeeper has garnered no shortage of criticism over his years on the pitch – most recently from his home support at Manchester United following his blunder against Sevilla in the Europa League.
The 32-year-old has still not signed a contract extension at Old Trafford, with sports website The Athletic reporting that a resolution is still “yet to be found”.
The Spanish national has expressed a desire to leave Manchester in previous years also, making his exit a definite possibility this summer.
This is something that United chiefs seem to have picked up on, with the club now setting their sites on replacement keepers for De Gea, including Inter Milan’s André Onana.
Although it is reported that United have contacted several other goalkeepers to put the feelers out on replacing De Gea, Onana may well be a favourite for the club, having worked with Erik ten Hag before at Ajax.
It is still unclear whether or not De Gea wishes to remain at Old Trafford, where he has spent the last 12 years of his career, but as things stand United may have a gap to fill in front of goal.
We’ll report more as we hear it!