De Gea’s contract renewal story is taking a different turn, with many sources confirming that MU is not very optimistic about the prospect of the 32-year-old goalkeeper continuing to stay at Old Trafford.
Before the 2022/23 season ended, MU tried to convince De Gea to reduce his salary by half, to nearly £ 200,000 / week, but he still did not agree to sign.
The veteran keeper also hesitated for two reasons, coach Ten Hag did not guarantee the No. 1 position in the wooden frame for De Gea.
In addition, he also recently received a contract offer of 20 million pounds/year from Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal club.
Ten Hag wants to recruit a quality goalkeeper with the ability to play feet like Andre Onana (Inter Milan), Diogo Costa (Porto) or David Raya (Brentford).
However, the obstacle of the Manchester team is the tight budget in the summer transfer window of 2023. They only spend 15 million pounds for the new goalkeeper to compete with De Gea.
While the goals that the Dutch strategist wants are priced from 40 million pounds (David Raya) to 60 million pounds (Onana or Diogo Costa).
Due to the Financial Fair Play law, MU was only granted more than £ 100 million to “go to the market” this summer. Coach Ten Hag wants to prioritize positions and strikers, with two specific targets being Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund.
In order to have more funds for shopping, they were forced to sell off surplus people like Elanga, Dean Henderson, McTominay, Fred, Maguire, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles or Martial soon.