Manchester United have been revealed to have triggered a one-year extension to the contracts of Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Fred. This means that the fate of David de Gea, who also has a 1-year contract extension, has not been clarified.
The reason the Red Devils delayed the contract with the Spanish goalkeeper lies in the salary problem. The Old Trafford team wants to reduce De Gea’s £375,000/week income before signing a new deal. This move will cost Man Utd more time.
At the end of October, a source from The Athletic confirmed De Gea is ready to reduce his salary to continue to stick with Man Utd. The sincerity of the star born in 1991 will easily help the host club solve the problem between the two sides. But the question mark is whether the salary story is the only issue causing Man Utd to delay deciding De Gea’s future?
A major problem of concern lies in the fact that De Gea’s playing style does not suit Erik ten Hag’s taste. Parallel to this barrier is the action of the Old Trafford team on the transfer market.
During the past time, there has been a series of information that Premier League representatives are interested in Diogo Costa of Porto, Yann Sommer of Borussia Monchengladbach. Fabrizio Romano even confirmed Emiliano Martinez is in the sights of Man Utd. It was the move to pay attention to a series of goalkeepers on the transfer market that made the public doubt that Man Utd really wanted to replace De Gea. If everything is simply a matter of salary, the Red Devils do not need to make a list of goalkeepers to shop.
Recruiting more guards is not necessary in the context that Dean Henderson is still under contract with the Red Devils. If a new goalkeeper arrives at Old Trafford, it is understandable if the person leaving is De Gea because the rookie face is not simply brought back to polish the bench.
Man Utd is clearly making the public think of the prospect of them ending their relationship with a god who has stayed at the team for more than 10 years. To many people, that seems cruel, especially when De Gea has always been one of the most outstanding and consistent players.
However, the Red Devils are entering a renewal phase. Revolutions must happen in order for Ten Hag to align his ranks. In a transition, it is common to get rid of old faces even if they are gods at the club.
With Ten Hag’s straightforward and no-frills working style, the possibility of De Gea leaving is likely. It is possible that Man Utd fans must get used to looking at the image of a new goalkeeper not De Gea flying in the wooden frame after this season.