Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal that will keep David De Gea at the club through his prime years and an announcement could be imminent.

De Gea’s future is one that has been a hot topic as Real Madrid have been linked with the player many consider to be the goalkeeper in the world. Madrid’s interest goes back years and in 2015 they were close to signing the Spanish international.

However, with the European champions unable to stump up the cash to make the move, they have been forced to consider alternatives, with Roma goalkeeper Allison set to move to Spain instead. Allison’s move will apparently break the world record for a goalkeeper but even then, De Gea would likely command a far greater fee.

And that means they have all but conceded defeat in their long running pursuit of United’s stopper. At 27, United can now expect to tie De Gea down to his prime years. The Independent reports that the club have moved swiftly to placate their best player by offering him a five year deal, which should stop the rumour mill for at least two years.

The report suggests that terms have already been agreed and it is at the stage where an announcement could be made at any time.

With the World Cup proving to be an obstacle in terms of signing players (save, perhaps, for someone like Gareth Bale, who isn’t taking part), the announcement would be a timely one to please supporters who feel the side needs strengthening.