The Busby Babe claims that Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea may leave for nothing at the end of season. The Sun reported that the Spanish international provisionally agreed to a deal that will earn him about £350,000 a week. Since Alexis Sanchez left to go to Inter Milan on loan it should be a deal that would be easier to get done.
His current deal will come to an end at the conclusion of the season. Although the this new contract was offered to him, he still hasn’t signed it. So that means that De Gea will be able to engage in discussions with other clubs in January. He has been linked to PSG, but the French club has signed Keylor Navas from Real Madrid instead. Real Madrid has signed Thibaut Courtois for the long-term.
So the only quality goalie that is left that is world-class like De Gea is Gianluigi Buffon, but he is currently on a one year deal with Juventus and will retire from football at the end of the season. He is going to be second choice to Wojciech Szczesny who isn’t of the same standard as De Gea and the Polish keeper is the number one at Juventus.
So who can we replace De Gea with by the end of the season? The answer is no one, because other than the three aforementioned great keepers right now in the world I don’t see anyone else that is of the same quality. That will be another problem that will be on the club’s hands come the end of the season next May.
Sergio Romero is an excellent keeper but we will have to make him the number one for the short-term until a replacement can be made. Romero has a lot of experience and has been Argentina’s number one keeper for many years. He has been playing club football in Europe for many years as well. Whenever he has been called upon to play he has put in very good performances and he concedes few goals.
Even though he’s not on De Gea’s standard, he comes the closest compared to the other goalies that we have that are just decent. Lee Grant will just be there temporarily because he’s lower down the pecking order and he’s already 36. Then Joel Pereira who is on loan at Scottish side Hearts this season represents the future. He’s only 23 and will be at the club for a long time to come must likely depending on if he gets to stake his claim as United’s number one in the future.
United will have to make a decision soon on who would replace De Gea by the end of the season if does leave. I hope that whoever steps into De Gea’s shoes it will be the right choice in the end for the club.