David de Gea lined up for Cristiano Ronaldo reunion after Man Utd contract expires

David de Gea lined up for Cristiano Ronaldo reunion after Man Utd contract expires

David de Gea is being pursued by Al-Nassr, the team in Saudi Arabia where Cristiano Ronaldo is currently playing. De Gea’s contract with Manchester United, which pays him £375,000 per week, has come to an end, and it remains uncertain whether he will agree to a new contract.

 The 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper will likely have to accept a reduced salary if he wishes to remain at Old Trafford, as Erik ten Hag is hesitant to offer him another substantial wage.

The current understanding is that the manager of Manchester United is prepared to offer David de Gea a weekly salary of £200,000, but he is not willing to go any higher. De Gea is currently a free agent as negotiations for a contract renewal with Manchester United are ongoing, which has caught the attention of Al-Nassr. It is believed that the Saudi club is willing to present De Gea with a weekly salary of £250,000 if he decides to join them.

If De Gea does choose to join Al-Nassr, he will have the opportunity to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo once again. Ronaldo, the 38-year-old Portuguese international, joined Al-Nassr in January after being released by Manchester United two months earlier, making him the biggest football star in Saudi Arabia.

According to The Sun’s report, in the event that contract negotiations with Manchester United fall through, David de Gea will have the opportunity to move to Saudi Arabia. It is stated that his preference is to sign a new contract with the Red Devils, but there is no assurance that it will materialize.

Manchester United is facing the risk of losing two goalkeepers this summer, as Nottingham Forest is reportedly interested in acquiring Dean Henderson. Henderson, who previously served as De Gea’s backup, spent the previous season on loan at Nottingham Forest and is expected to be available for a transfer fee of £25 million.

Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has already begun searching for a new goalkeeper, but Inter Milan’s Andre Onana is not included in his shortlist of potential transfers due to his high price tag. Inter Milan is demanding £60 million for the 27-year-old Cameroonian international, who previously played under Ten Hag at Ajax.

As reported by Mirror Football, the two goalkeepers Ten Hag is interested in signing as replacements for De Gea and Henderson are Justin Bijlow from Feyenoord and Kevin Trapp from Eintracht Frankfurt. Feyenoord is asking for a transfer fee of £20 million for 25-year-old Bijlow, while 32-year-old Trapp has a price tag of £10 million.

Al-Nassr is one of four clubs owned by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. They are expected to be strong contenders for the Saudi Pro League title in the upcoming season. In the previous season, they finished second, five points behind the champions, Al-Ittihad.

In recent years, David de Gea has faced criticism from Manchester United fans, but his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation remains undeniable. He has been honored with the Premier League Golden Glove award twice and has been named the United Player of the Year on four occasions.

De Gea’s achievements also extend beyond individual accolades. He has been selected five times for the PFA Team of the Year and has amassed an impressive collection of trophies, including the Premier League title, European Super Cup, and two Europa League titles, during his stints with both Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. His career has seen him participate in over 700 senior matches, showcasing his experience and longevity in the game.

United posted an update on De Gea’s situation on Friday. “De Gea’s contract is due to run out but discussions remain open with the long-serving keeper,” the club said.

David de Gea lined up for Cristiano Ronaldo reunion after Man Utd contract expires

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