David De Gea is close to signing a lucrative new long-term contract at Manchester United, according to a report.
Metro claim that United are “increasingly confident”of tying David De Gea down to a new deal worth around £375,000 a week.
The Spain stopper has 18 months to run on his existing deal after United recently, reluctantly opted to trigger the 12-month extension on his contract.
That move was seen to be the last throw of the dice with De Gea with contract talks at a standstill after a worrying start to the season under Jose Mourinho.
But contract talks recently resumed following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club have been encouraged by the negotiations and a new deal is on the cards for the 28-year-old keeper.
One of the sticking points had been the financial part of the deal with De Gea demanding parity with the club’s top earner Alexis Sanchez, who earns £350,000 before bonuses.
De Gea currently earns £200,000 a week after signing his last contract in 2015, but his new deal will come in at around £375,000 a week – making him the club’s top earner, before bonuses and image rights.
The feel-good-factor at Old Trafford under Solskjaer is also understood to have swayed De Gea into committing his future to the club and last week the Norwegian suggested that deals were progressing nicely.
And when asked at Friday’s news conference whether De Gea will be persuaded to sign a new deal, Solskjaer said: “The club’s working on a few players. I don’t know how far we are, but it’s a statement from the club we want to keep our best players.”
The deal will be a huge lift for United having made player contracts a priority since Mourinho was sacked in mid-December.
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