Thursday, June 24, 2021

Manchester United linked with shock replacement for De Gea

Manchester United goalie David De Gea may not end up extending his contract at the Old Trafford leaving the Red Devils seeking for newer options in the future.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has less than one year left on his contract and there has been no progress as far as a renewal is concerned. The Red Devils do have an option to trigger an automatic extension of one year, but the idea is to tie the Spain international down to a long-term contract.

But as mentioned, there has been a lack of progress in proceedings of late and even Jose Mourinho has conceded to the fact that he is not confident whether the shot-stopper will remain at the Old Trafford. Following the manager’s comments, there has been talk of a replacement to the 28-year-old.

Matt Ryan of Brighton & Hove Albion was the early contender to take over the goalkeeping burden from David De Gea. The Australia international has been vital for the Seagulls who have been amazing since earning promotion to the Premier League in 2017. Ryan was a candidate and still is, but there has been another name added to the list.

That is of England number one Jordan Pickford. The 24-year-old is currently following his trade with Everton and has been vital for Marco Silva’s side. Though the number of clean sheets that the Toffees have kept is sparse, Pickford has come to the rescue innumerable times and has sensational reflexes.

While no transfer price has been discussed for the goalkeeper, it will not come as a surprise if he breaks the world record set by Kepa earlier this summer and that is very much on the cards given the fact that it is Manchester United who are contending for his signatures. Hence, Everton could be in a position to ask for as much as they please.

Author’s Take

David De Gea has been linked with an exit in recent years but I feel that he will end up committing his future to Manchester United. The Spaniard initially wanted to join Real Madrid and came very close to a move in 2015, but the Whites went for Thibaut Courtois earlier this year. So there may not be any other place for him regarding he may not shift to a fellow Premier League side.


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