Why Manchester United are chasing short term deal for David de Gea


PREMIER LEAGUE Why Manchester United are chasing short term deal for David de Gea

Festus Chuma 12:26 - 26.10.2023

Manchester United are looking to re-sign David de Gea on a short term deal.

Manchester United is on the brink of securing a short-term contract with their former goalkeeper, David de Gea, as the Red Devils scramble to address their goalkeeper shortage in January.

This sudden turn of events has left the club in a race against time to ensure they have ample cover for André Onana, who surprised everyone with a U-turn on his international retirement.

With the Africa Cup of Nations set to run from January 13 to February 11, the £43.8 million summer signing's potential absence could span up to eight crucial matches for the club.

De Gea, the seasoned Spaniard who had spent an illustrious 12 years at Old Trafford, found himself out of the club's plans during the summer after his contract had run its course.

The once-dominant goalkeeper was even offered reduced terms to stay at United, with his wages slashed from an eye-watering £375,000 a week to a still-respectable £200,000 a week. However, even this deal was taken off the table, leaving De Gea's future at the club hanging in the balance.

In a surprising twist, United took the unusual step of requesting De Gea not to commit to joining another club until they had successfully completed André Onana's transfer. 

This move was widely criticized, as it appeared to be poor treatment for the longest-serving goalkeeper in the club's history, especially considering his remarkable achievements, including winning the Premier League's Golden Glove award.

Manchester United did make some signings by acquiring Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce for a fee of £4.3 million.

However, with Onana's possible absence, Tom Heaton, who is currently injured and youngster Altay Bayindir would be the remaining goalkeepers available at the club during the AFCON tournament, a situation that has the fans and management alike feeling uneasy.

United's captain, Bruno Fernandes, recently met with David de Gea in Manchester, where he expressed his deep regret that the Spaniard did not receive a proper send-off befitting his contributions to the club.

Many fans and pundits alike believe that Manchester United should have retained De Gea, especially in light of André Onana's remarkable form.

The former Inter Milan star, Onana, aged 27, recently solidified his place in the club's history by making a dramatic injury-time penalty save that clinched a 1-0 victory for United in the Champions League over Copenhagen. 

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