David De Gea has less than 18 months left on his Manchester United deal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United fear they are being ‘priced out’ of a deal to keep David De Gea at the club with his representatives pushing for more than the £350,000-a-week offer on the table.
The Spaniard has around 16 months left on his current deal at the Theatre of Dreams after United triggered a 12-month extension in his contract shortly before Christmas.
United had hoped to conclude negotiations with De Gea last summer but the club’s chaotic start to the season forced the goalkeeper into reconsidering his future.
Jose Mourinho’s departure has certainly aided the club’s bid to convince De Gea to stay but negotiations remain protracted with the Spaniard’s representatives.
De Gea wants parity with Sanchez (Picture: Getty)United are willing to make De Gea the highest paid goalkeeper in the world but his agent is pushing for a deal closer to the £400,000-a-week earned by Alexis Sanchez.
The club is now faced with a dilemma of caving into De Gea’s demands and therefore breaking the club’s wage structure or allowing him to wind his contract down before leaving for free in 2020.
Real Madrid seemingly gave up their pursuit of De Gea by signing Thibaut Courtois last summer but Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the Spaniard.
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The Ligue 1 giants are likely to be able to trump United’s offer, especially if he was signed on a free transfer that would include a hefty signing-on fee.
De Gea has shown no signs that his refusal to sign a new deal is rooted in a determination to leave the club but that has only increased United’s worry that the situation is purely a financial matter.
United have tied Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Chris Smalling down to new deals in recent weeks but De Gea’s situation has remained a priority.
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