Sancho coming to Old Trafford would boost the Red Devils’ chances, but that is not the only issue facing the team before the 2021-22 season gets underway. Longtime goalkeeper
David De Gea fell out of favor as last season progressed, with Dean Henderson ultimately stepping into a role as the first-choice in goal. Henderson is widely expected to retain that role next season, which leaves De Gea’s future with the club looking murky at best.
Will De Gea Stay?
ESPN reported on Friday that De Gea is still in the dark about whether he will remain with United through the summer. De Gea did start the Europa League final defeat against Villarreal, but Henderson wound up starting 10 of the final 12 Premier League fixtures.
De Gea still has a couple of years plus a third-year option left on his contract with United that will pay him £375,000 per week. Things have gone south for the 30-year-old since he signed that extension in September of 2019, but he still believes he can compete at the highest level of competition.
David De Gea expects to stay at #mufc next season and be Solskjaer's No 1. [sun]
De Gea will be a part of Spain’s squad at the upcoming Euros, and he is currently planning on returning to England to battle Henderson for the starting job at Old Trafford next season.
He would prefer to get some clarity on his status, however, and ESPN says he would only look to move on from the club if Solskjaer tells him that Henderson will begin the season as the unquestioned No. 1 keeper.
United are expected to sign 35-year-old keeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer in order to add some depth in the event that De Gea does ultimately leave. Heaton departed Aston Villa at the end of the season. The academy product has been well-traveled since leaving United for the first time over a decade ago after beginning his career in the Red Devils’ youth academy.
Solskjaer is also reportedly involved in contract discussions with Lee Grant, who has yet to feature in a Premier League game for the club since his arrival in 2018. Grant’s deal will come to a close at the end of June, but United have offered him a chance to stay.
Spurs, Atleti Interested?
In May, The Sun reported that United had interest in swapping De Gea to Atletico Madrid in exchange for keeper Jan Oblak. Oblak, 28, is widely regarded as one of the best keepers in the world, and was recently named La Liga MVP after helping Atleti win the league for the first time since 2014. While United may still have their eyes on Oblak, the Slovenian is unlikely to leave Spain this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are listed as early 7/2 favorites to sign De Gea if he does leave United. Spurs are dealing with uncertainty in goal thanks to the status of incumbent Hugo Lloris, who could seek to leave North London this summer. Atletico are listed at 8/1 to nab De Gea, followed by PSG (8/1), AC Milan (9/1), Juventus (10/1), and Real Madrid (10/1).
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