The Manchester United fans can normally be heard waxing lyrical about David De Gea in the Transfer Tavern, but recent reports suggest that they may finally be forced to wave goodbye to their star player at the end of the season.
As the summer transfer window approaches, the United fans are beginning to brace themselves for their annual helping of De Gea rumours which link him with a move away from Old Trafford. The 27-year-old goalkeeper will have been a United player for 7 years this summer, which makes him something of a veteran in the modern game. For at least 5 of those years rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid have persisted in the media, and it seems unlikely that the upcoming transfer window will provide any welcome relief from that trend for the United supporters.
Naturally, the supporters are desperate to keep hold of their prize possession, and it’s easy to understand why. In seasons gone by De Gea has made dozens of world class saves and almost single-handedly won points for his side between the sticks on multiple occasions.
The departure of De Gea would damage the club more than the departure of any other play on United’s books, but reports from Yahoo suggest his time at the club might finally be drawing to a close. According to the report, United are yet to offer De Gea a contract extension despite the fact that he only has 16 months left on his current deal.
It’s perfectly plausible that United are waiting until the end of the season before offering De Gea a new contract, but they must ensure that the offer is enticing enough for the Spaniard to accept when they eventuality propose some improved terms. De Gea is the most indispensable player at the club and would be impossible to replace, so it’s imperative that United can convince him to stay at Old Trafford.
If De Gea decides against signing a new deal, it seems inevitable that United will sell him in the summer to avoid losing him for nothing when his contract expires. The dominance of Manchester City this season has been an extremely concerning rise for the Red Devils faithful to take on board, but that dominance will continue to grow if De Gea departs after refusing to sign a new deal in the summer.