Manchester United want to offer David de Gea new contract – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are prepared to offer David de Gea a new contract in an attempt to stave off growing attention from Real Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The 26-year-old was handed a new contract by Man United back in September 2015 after his move to Real Madrid broke down.

It has been heavily reported that Zinedine Zidane, clearly unimpressed with Keylor Navas this season, had reignited Madrid’s interest in the Spaniard, whose release clause was recently revealed to be £51.6m.

And according to the Mirror‘s Jack Rathborn, Jose Mourinho is willing to offer De Gea a bumper contract over the summer in an attempt to consolidate his future at Old Trafford.

This is indeed a popular tactic employed by footballers all over the world: play on speculation surrounding his future, make it seem as if a move away could happen, wait for the club to blink first and claim a bigger pay check as a result.

That said, the events that transpired on that bonkers transfer deadline day in 2015 did, for all the ambiguity surrounding its exact nature, reveal one thing: De Gea can easily engineer a move to the Bernabeu at any time if that was indeed his wish. The entire transfer, after all, was actually agreed, with the only downfall being a mixture of documentation errors, and one would expect Madrid to make sure such bloopers don’t repeat themselves the second time around.

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