Manchester United to sanction £20m transfer after finalising deal with 32-year-old

General view of a corner flag at Old Trafford, the stadium of Manchester United.

Manchester United are yet to finalise David de Gea’s new contract Reuters / Jason Cairnduff.

The curtains on the 2022-23 season at Old Trafford came down with Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Fulham. David de Gea celebrated his Golden Glove award after the full-time whistle, and home fans were left wondering whether they had seen the last of the 32-year-old.

The Spaniard has divided opinion with his mixed performances this season. Even against Fulham, his inability to properly dominate his penalty area forced a corner that led to the visitor’s goal. Minutes later, he denied Aleksandar Mitrović from doubling the Cottagers’ lead from 12 yards.

United legend Roy Keane suggested it’s best for United to “move out” De Gea after 12 years at Old Trafford. “I’d move him out quickly De Gea. He wouldn’t be for me. He’s not going to get Man United back winning trophies. Absolutely not,” Keane told Sky Sports.

Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, reiterated his desire to keep the veteran at the club in his post-match press conference.

The same divide is apparent at the very top at Old Trafford. Manchester United have agreed a new contract with De Gea but the hierarchy is yet to sign off the deal.

As per the Daily Mail, once everything is finalised with De Gea, United are to sanction Dean Henderson transfer to Nottingham Forest in a £20m deal.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, will look for a new goalkeeper to provide competition for De Gea. It is added Ten Hag would prefer to spend in the region of £15m to sign a No 2 rather than spend a significant chunk of his budget on finding a replacement for the Spaniard.

There’s uncertainty clouding over the future of Fred as well. The Brazilian was pictured talking with Fulham manager Marco Silva outside the stadium on Sunday. It’s understood intermediaries have proposed a possible summer move for the midfielder to Fulham.