Few players have impressed at one club quite like David De Gea has at Manchester United in the past few years.
The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has been in phenomenal form lately, after a first couple of stuttering seasons at Old Trafford, where he struggled to deal with the physicality of the English game.
Now, amid reports of interest from Real Madrid, United are willing to pay David De Gea enough money in a new contract to keep him at the club till 2023. This will make him the most expensive keeper in the world should he sign on the dotted line.
The deal is expected to pull through between the player and the club, with United willing to pull out all the stops to ensure De Gea stays put, considering his spirited contributions in recent times.
A new deal for De Gea is estimated to be an annual earning of £18.4m for the Spaniard, with his weekly wages estimated at £350,000, placing him well ahead of Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich in second place on the richest goalkeepers list.
As good as De Gea has been for Manchester United, the shot-stopper was heavily criticised by Spanish media and fans alike following a fatal error in the nation’s first World Cup match against Portugal.
De Gea fumbled a relatively meek shot on goal by Cristiano Ronaldo into his own net, and the match eventually ended with the Portuguese captain scoring three past the custodian.
The criticism has not gone down well with the 27-year-old, who is no less than a heart throb at Manchester United, which should prove to be a vital reason behind him staying at the club and signing a new five-year deal.
With a verbal agreement reportedly reached already, the end of the World Cup should give some clarity over the future of the talented Spanish goalie.