32-year-old agrees Manchester United deal – waiting for announcement

General view of Manchester United's David de Gea in action.

David de Gea has accepted new terms from Manchester United Reuters/Lee Smith.

David de Gea has agreed to extend his stay at Manchester United despite concerns over his ability to remain the side’s Number 1.

The Spaniard has been in the spotlight for his howler against West Ham that jeopardised his side’s chances of Champions League qualification. His frustrating showing in Seville also ended Erik ten Hag’s hopes of lifting a European trophy in his maiden season.

But United are not ready to part ways with their long-time goalkeeper, offering him a new contract with a lower basic salary and incentives for matches played and performances in competitions. As per the Telegraph, the 32-year-old has agreed to the terms of the proposal on the table.

De Gea agrees to sign new Manchester United deal

The framework is waiting to be signed off by the club before an announcement is made.

However, despite Ten Hag’s public backing of De Gea and the offer of a new contract, United have not handed the player any assurances of retaining his starting spot between the sticks.

The Red Devils will remain in the market for a new goalkeeper – the one that suits their budget, with United’s summer transfer money expected to be spent on priority positions: centre forward and midfield.

It is understood United are interested in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, who is approaching the final year of his contract. He’s currently ahead of De Gea in the pecking order for Spain.

Ten Hag and United’s decision to reward a goalkeeper who has made four errors leading to a goal – the joint-most of any Premier League player – in all competitions will divide opinion among fans.

The deal makes little sense even if Manchester United plan to sign a new goalkeeper to challenge De Gea, as they may end up paying a significant salary to a bench player despite indicating they intend to reduce their wage bill due to financial fair play regulations.