Manchester United ‘back out’ of agreed proposal with David de Gea despite contract extension being signed

Dan Sheldon of The Athletic has reported that David de Gea had signed a contract extension at Manchester United, however the club decided to ‘back out’ of the agreed proposal.

The new deal agreed by the goalkeeper would have seen him take a ‘drastic reduction’ on his current £375,000 per week wages, however, the club did not sign the proposed contract. Instead, they have submitted a new proposal to the 32-year-old, offering him an even lower salary than the one initially agreed upon.

The Spain international is said to want to continue playing at the highest level, and has therefore not yet agreed to the new offer and is now considering his options- one of which involves a move to Saudi Arabia, who are interested in bringing him to the Gulf State.

With a contract expiring on June 30, the future remains in doubt for both United and De Gea, and, although there is still discussions between the two parties, the former are now evaluating potential replacements for the Spaniard, who has been at the club since July 2011.

Inter Milan shot-stopper André Onana is said to be of keen interest to Erik ten Hag’s side who have already had contact with the Cameroonian’s representatives. Meanwwhile, handing the No.1 spot to academy graduate Dean Henderson is still a possiblity, with the Englishman set to return from his season-long loan at Nottingham forest; where he made 18 Premier League appearances for Steve Coopers side, but missed the second half of the season due to injury.

While the resolution of their Goalkeeper spot is the priority, The Red Devils are also looking to sign a striker and a midfielder this summer. Detailed talks have already been held with both Atalanta’s Rasmus Højlund and Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo-Muani, whilst their pursuit of Chelsea’s Mason Mount still continues, after multiple £50m plus bids have been rejected by the London side.

Travis Levison | Get Football

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