In Focus: Retaining de Gea is key to Man United’s ambitions

As reported by The Sun, Manchester United are ready to make David de Gea the highest paid player at Old Trafford in an effort to rebuff interest from Real Madrid.

What’s the story?

The Spanish goalkeeper has been at United for almost seven years now, but over the years has consistently been linked with a move back to his homeland.

Thus far the Red Devils have managed to keep him happy in Manchester, where he’s become one of the most important members of their starting eleven.

To ensure that continues, the club are prepared to make him their highest paid star, with an eye watering £300,000 per week wage set to be offered according to The Sun.

While his contract doesn’t run out until 2019, with the club holding a year extension option, the paper reports that Man United are set to open contract talks soon to up his current £210,000 per week deal.

Is he worth the money?

The shot-stopper is arguably one of the top three goalkeepers in the world and United are undoubtedly better off with him than without him. He’s bailed them out on numerous occasions and has a lengthy highlight reel of stunning saves, making 111 clean sheets in total.

Rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, handing him a new contract not only ties him down to more years at the club but protects his value too should he ever personally wish to make a move back to La Liga.

Retaining him is key to Man United’s trophy ambitions over the next few years though and it’s no surprise to hear they are ready to throw money at him.

With close to 300 appearances for the club, he would be almost irreplaceable at this point, especially as he is heading into his prime years at 27.

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