Five transfer options for David de Gea ahead of Man Utd ‘exit’ this summer
David de Gea looks poised to leave Manchester United this summer after spending a decade at Old Trafford.
Spain’s No.1 is said to be bringing the curtain down on his United career with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to turn to Dean Henderson for the future.
The 30-year-old has not figured for the Red Devils since February, and a decision has seemingly been made to sell.
De Gea has two years left to run on his contract which is worth £350,000-a-week.
If the long-term servant of United is not going to be their first-choice keeper any longer, that salary cannot be justified for a back-up.
United are even considering paying off the rest of his wages for a staggering £36.4m – so they’ll be looking for a decent fee from any club interested in signing him.
Daily Star Sport has looked at the potential options De Gea could have open to him if he moves on this summer.
De Gea would no doubt love to return to his former club who he still has a strong affiliation with.
His wife Edurne Garcia recently gave birth to their first child in Spain, so that would be a huge factor to lure De Gea back to his homeland too.
The problem is Diego Simeone has one of the world’s best goalkeepers at his disposal in Jan Oblak, whose current deal runs until 2023.
De Gea would likely prove to be too expensive as a back-up for the La Liga title challengers.
Ex-Arsenal shot-stopper Wojciech Szczęsny, who had somewhat of a mixed reputation from his time in north London, has surprised many Premier League fans in establishing himself as Juventus’ No.1 the past three seasons.
Few would have guessed the Polish keeper would be the man to ultimately replace Juve legend Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks.
De Gea would be an upgrade for the Old Lady, despite his own slump in Manchester in recent times.
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Roman Burki may not be a household name in European football, yet he has made well over 200 appearances for Dortmund since 2015.
The Switzerland international could find himself under threat if Dortmund look into the prospect of buying De Gea.
And a deal with Dortmund would be appealing for United, who could use the keeper as leverage for other targets like Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho.
De Gea turns 31 in November, which is no veteran age for a goalkeeper at the highest level.
So a move to America could be a little too early in his career.
But Inter Miami may pose as a possible option with David Beckham’s links to United and their desire to build a world-class side.
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Premier League rival
It is unlikely United would want to strengthen a direct rival by allowing De Gea to join another Premier League club.
Few would turn their nose up at the experienced star – arguably only Manchester City and Liverpool have better alternatives already.
It, therefore, says a lot that United are willing to put their faith in Henderson instead.
Of the Premier League’s elite teams who could potentially afford De Gea, perhaps only clubs in London would be keen.
World Cup winner Hugo Lloris has had a hit and miss season at Tottenham, Edouard Mendy hasn’t exactly shown he should be guaranteed the No.1 spot at Chelsea for years to come, and De Gea would be a step up from Bernd Leno at Arsenal – although Mikel Arteta has bigger priority positions to sort this summer.
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