A big decision awaits Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the goalkeeping position this summer.
The MEN reported last week Solskjaer is currently leaning towards Dean Henderson.
While Solskjaer selected David de Gea for the Europa League final, perhaps hoping to give the Spaniard a memorable send-off, it backfired. A disastrous penalty shootout made the result memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Choosing to sell De Gea is one thing. Managing to do it is quite another.
The goalkeeper’s high wages make an exit tricky. The Telegraph report De Gea earns around £375,000 per week.
This is one extra reason for United to try and get De Gea off the books, but as we noted earlier this year, the club may have to get creative. This could mean a loan, similar to the way Alexis Sanchez was eased out of the club.
Options are one fewer
Whichever financial arrangement United come to for De Gea’s possible exit, he appears to have one fewer option.
Paris Saint-Germain were named by The Sun in March as suitors for De Gea. The Spaniard would have been a replacement for 34-year-old Keylor Navas.
Instead PSG have found a shrewder option, snapping up Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Sky Sports reported this week he was undergoing a medical ahead of signing a five-year deal as a free agent. The 22-year-old allowed his AC Milan contract to run down and will join the French club.
PSG were one of the few clubs with both the pull to tempt De Gea, and the capability to pay his wages.
So where next?
The natural next step for De Gea would be to target a return to Spain. Having lost his spot in the Spain international team, he can put himself on full view in La Liga ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Rejoining Atletico Madrid is a no-go, thanks to their player of the year Jan Oblak.
Real Madrid have Thibaut Courtois, while Barcelona have Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. Both goalkeepers could possibly be sold to make way for De Gea, but there is no word of that actually happening.
The alternative for De Gea is to head to Serie A. There is a connection there with former United boss Jose Mourinho at Roma. They could quite easily sell Pau Lopez to make way for the United goalkeeper, but they could likely only afford De Gea on loan.
De Gea would be an upgrade on Wojciech Szczesny at Juventus and the Turin giants may be tempted to make this happen.
AC Milan did have a gap due to Donnarumma’s exit but they have just signed Mike Maignan from Lille.
So while it is understandable United and De Gea may come to a mutual decision to part ways this summer, his possible routes out of the club are not exactly overflowing. PSG’s decision is one fewer option for him.
It would be better for De Gea and United to come to a quick resolution for everybody’s benefit. Unfortunately there are no early and easy signs of that.
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