Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, 28, is “insisting” (BBC) the club pay him £350,000-a-week if they want him to sign a new deal. The BBC says this would make him the club’s second highest earner “behind behind [sic] £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez, 30.”
Sanchez is criminally overpaid. De Gea wants something close to parity with the Chilean. Will one error of judgement by United lead to disharmony in the ranks?
The BBC links to a story in the Mirror. But the Mirror doesn’t really know what Sanchez earns. So far it’s provided the following figures for Sanchez’s United wage – the taxman may be interested:
£2m a month – Feb 9 2019
£400,000 a week – Sept 22 2018
£390,000 per week – May 11 2018
£25.5m a year – Jan 22 2018
£500,000 per week – Feb 8, 2018
£400,000-a-week – Jan 29 2018
David de Gea captained Manchester United to their 10th win in 11 games on Saturday in the 3-0 success against Fulham .
But the Spaniard’s contract situation means his long-term future at Old Trafford remains in question.
United’s No.1 has less than 18 months remaining on his £200,000-a-week deal at the club.
And as revealed by Mirror Football, he has shown little inclination to lower his £350,000-a-week salary demands.
United chiefs are aware that De Gea – who began his preparations for this week’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain by heading for dinner with fiancee Edurne Garcia on Sunday – is keen to commit his future to the club.
But the 28-year-old is standing firm on his contract stance.
It isn’t a new situation, with United having been forced to trigger a one-year extension clause in his contract back in November, so as to prevent him opening discussions with foreign clubs in January.
But that was very much a case of keeping things on hold, and buying time, with the situation remaining unresolved.
De Gea’s advisors have been playing hardball with United, despite seeing Real Madrid (the club with whom he has long been linked and whom he almost joined in 2016) sign Thibaut Courtois to be their No.1 last summer.
That strengthened United’s hand slightly, with perhaps De Gea’s only other desire being a possible return to Spain with Barcelona – who are firmly backing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
But United know that both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus would be willing to take De Gea for nothing.
And their overall position remains weak given their own decision to hand Alexis Sanchez his huge contract 13 months ago.
The Chilean’s £400,000-a-week deal – plus the £75,000 extra he banks for every appearance – has hardly been justified.
And De Gea’s entourage are also aware there will be huge outcry among United fans if Ed Woodward can’t close a new contract and he is allowed to depart.
De Gea, who has been with the club since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2010, has been named the club’s player of the year in four of the last five seasons.
As the season heads towards an exciting climax for the Red Devils – which no one could have imagined during the final days of Jose Mourinho – uncertainty over the No.1 is something they could do without.