Man Utd’s world-class goalkeeper is stalling on a £350,000 per-week contract, leaving the Reds to consider options should worst come to worst…
Fans of the Reds are still waiting for confirmation that David De Gea will remain at the club for many years to come. But they could be waiting longer expected.
David De Gea’s contract would see the vice-captain goalkeeper receive £350,000 per week. Through social media, interactions with fans on on-pitch celebrations, it is evident that the Spaniard is in love with the club. So what is holding him back from signing the contract?
Man Utd has a 25% wage decrease when the squad fail to achieve Champions League football. Should the Reds fail to make the top four or to win the Europa League, his £350,000 per week would fall dramatically to £263,000.
De Gea is likely holding out until January where clubs can make formal offers to take him for free at the end of the season, as his one-year extension was triggered this summer.
Should Man Utd lose out on David De Gea, who can fill his boots between the sticks for the Reds?
Dean Henderson, 22, is a Man Utd player who returned to Sheffield United for a second loan spell this summer.
He made a name for himself in the Championship last season with the Blades as he helped the team gain promotion with 21 clean sheets. He proved himself enough to be selected for England’s under-21 2019 UEFA Euro Championship.
The Englishman has voiced his confidence in his ability to start for Man Utd. Solskjaer clearly believed in the youngster as they refused to sell him in summer but allowed him to be re-loaned to Sheffield United, the newcomers to the Premier League.
Should Henderson prove himself at a Premier League level this season, he could be in contention for first-team football with Man Utd next season.
Handanovic, 35, is Inter Milan’s 6 foot 3 goalkeeper who is one of the world’s best in his position.
With regards to the aforementioned Dean Henderson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer evidently favours the production of youth talent, meaning that Man Utd’s next long-serving goalkeeper may well come from within their own ranks.
At 35 years old, Handanovic could serve as a short term fix behind a very sturdy Man Utd defence in order to allow their youth to grow and be ready for first-team football.