The representatives of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea have begun sourcing potential transfers for their client, according to a report.
Speculation over his future has followed the 30-year-old for some time but stepped up this season. Indeed, Dean Henderson’s arrival back at Old Trafford has added another layer of uncertainty. De Gea has faced further scrutiny for his performances, with his No. 2 ready to step in at any moment.
In fact, Henderson has got his chance in recent weeks, playing seven games in a row. The 23-year-old has impressed too, helping to keep four clean sheets in that run.
As such, doubt has mounted over De Gea’s future. Reports in Sunday’s newspapers claimed that United want to rip up his contract by offering him a mammoth pay-off.
According to a fresh report from the Daily Mail, meanwhile, the stopper’s representatives are beginning the hunt for their client’s new club.
The newspaper reports that the agents are actively offering De Gea’s services to ‘Europe’s top clubs’.
While there could be a sense of which clubs would fit into that bracket, though, the report does not name them.
The goalkeeper is ‘ready to call time’ on his 10-year Old Trafford career, but his wages present a key stumbling block.
He is United’s top earner, on £375,000 per week. Few clubs could typically afford his salary, even fewer amid the coronavirus crisis.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid could renew interest, the Daily Mail adds.
Los Blancos almost signed De Gea in 2015, but the move fell through due to paperwork issues.
Atletico Madrid could also swoop if they lose Jan Oblak, who would command around a three-figure fee.
Solskjaer broke De Gea, Henderson agreement
The newspaper adds that Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself added a twist in De Gea’s future.
After Henderson took the reins with his fellow stopper in Spain on personal leave, Solskjaer reportedly gave an ‘indication’ that he would return De Gea to the team after his return.
However, Henderson kept his place for last weekend’s win over Brighton.
As for his fellow goalkeeper’s transfer fee, United supposedly want around £50million for his services.