A possible escape route from Manchester United has opened up for David De Gea after the appointment of Jose Mourinho at Roma, reports in Italy claim.
De Gea is no longer guaranteed to be first-choice in goal for United. Dean Henderson returned from a successful loan spell with Sheffield United last summer and is competing for his place. The Spaniard has still started more games than the United academy graduate this season, but that may change next season.
Seemingly not content to have to fight for his place, De Gea is now thinking about moving somewhere he would be a regular starter again.
There have been rumours of him returning to Atletico Madrid, potentially in a blockbuster swap deal for Jan Oblak. But now, another avenue out of Old Trafford has formed.
According to Corriere Della Sera, De Gea has emerged as a potential target for Roma after they secured the services of ex-United boss Mourinho.
Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford for some of De Gea’s best years with the club. Keen to rekindle that form, a move may make sense.
Roma have made signing a new goalkeeper one of their top priorities even before they acquired Mourinho as manager. Hence, De Gea would get his wish of being unchallenged for a starting spot if he was to move there.
The only catch may be the financial aspects of the deal. One of United’s highest earners, De Gea is seemingly out of Roma’s wage budget. But the same could have been said of Mourinho, so it cannot be ruled out instantly.
The solution may be for the Italian club to try and take him on loan from United. Whether the Premier League giants would agree to those terms remains to be seen.
The 30-year-old is still under contract at Old Trafford until 2023, with the option for a further year. There is little pressure for United to sell, unless he agitates for a move. It appears he might.
Keane disagrees with Solskjaer over keepers
Last month, Roy Keane said he does not agree with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and thinks the Manchester United boss now sees Henderson as his No. 1 goalkeeper.
After bringing Henderson into the team more often recently, Solskjaer denied he had become his outright first choice.
But former United captain Keane disagreed with Solskjaer’s explanation and thinks Henderson is the main man.
“I wouldn’t agree with Ole,” Keane told Sky Sports. “I think he sees Dean Henderson as his No.1 now. He’s obviously given him a run of games.
“OK he played De Gea during the week which was a comfortable game.
“But he’s given Dean his trust now to play in the big games, he’s certainly going to give him until the end of the season, unless he has a complete disaster.
“So I think De Gea is under huge pressure now to try and get his position back in the team.”