“Turn the car” stuns
Reputable journalists like Laurie Whitwell or Fabrizio Romano have all confirmed that Manchester United and David De Gea have reached a mutual agreement on a new contract, before the summer transfer window opened. However, at the last minute, the Red Devils suddenly withdrew their offer, and instead offered a new one with a lower salary than what was agreed.
In fact, although not specifically disclosed, before that, De Gea accepted a significant salary reduction to reach a general agreement on a new contract.
Ten Hag ‘pulled the strings’
No one else, as revealed by journalist Laurie Whitwell, it was coach Erik Ten Hag who was behind the decision to withdraw Man Utd’s proposal to extend the contract. Accordingly, the Dutch strategist wants to put the budget on a new goalkeeper, more specifically Andre Onana.
Speaking on the Talk of the Devils podcast, Whitwell said:
“I am sure that Erik Ten Hag played a key role in Man Utd’s decision to withdraw the previously agreed deal, and they are now pursuing another option for No. Onana.”
As mentioned, Onana is the plan being targeted by Man Utd to replace De Gea’s position next season. In fact, there are still many other names on the Red Devil’s target list like Justin Bijlow or Diogo Costa, but Ten Hag has decided to reunite with his former student.
As revealed by journalist Fabrizio Romano, Man Utd has agreed on personal terms with Onana, and negotiations with Inter Milan are also going quite actively. It is expected that this deal will be completed by the end of next week, when Man Utd sends Inter a final offer worth 55 million pounds.
Potential parking party
Earlier, Romano confirmed that De Gea had turned down generous offers from clubs in Saudi Arabia to stay at Man Utd. But in the end, De Gea’s plans did not come true, so perhaps he will consider playing in the Saudi Pro League.
Obviously, at the age of 32, De Gea can still play at the top of Europe for many more years. But it is expected that, if he wants to continue to stay in the Old Continent, the Spanish goalkeeper must accept a huge salary cut compared to the £ 375,000 / week, the number recorded in the contract has just expired in Old Trafford.
“No trumpet, no drum”
Although he has been with Man Utd for 12 years and has been ranked among the club’s legendary players, it is likely that De Gea will not have the opportunity to say goodbye to the fans on the field. Old Trafford. Currently, there is also no information that Man Utd will hold a farewell ceremony for De Gea.
Huynh Phong | 23:03 08/07/2023