De Gea ‘set to leave’ Manchester United – replacement already being looked at

Manchester United's David de Gea celebrates after Victor Lindelof scores their second goal.

David de Gea joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 Reuters/Jason Cairnduff.

David de Gea is reportedly set to part ways with Manchester United after failing to be included on the club’s retained list for the next campaign.

The Red Devils have released seven players, including Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, upon the expiration of their contracts. Meanwhile, United confirmed they have triggered extensions on the deals of Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop, and added ‘discussions remain open’ with De Gea over a potential new contract.

However, as per The Mirror, the situation is looking bleak concerning the Spaniard’s extension. He’s out of contract on June 30 and so far has not been able to agree terms on a new deal. On current terms, De Gea is the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world, taking home a staggering £375,000 a week. It is understood he’s unwilling to accept a reduction on his salary.

Manchester United already eyeing De Gea’s replacement

Heaton and Bishop are set to stay at Old Trafford but aren’t good enough to be United’s No. 1 for the next season. If De Gea departs after 12 years and 545 appearances, Erik ten Hag will have to sign a new goalkeeper.

The Dutch coach wants a goalkeeper who is comfortable in possession. United’s attempts to play out from the back frequently faltered  last season due to De Gea’s lack of confidence with the ball at his feet.

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At his peak, the Spain international was considered one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe, but in the last two seasons, he’s been an underwhelming figure between the sticks even in that aspect. In what might be his last game for United, he should’ve done much better to save Manchester City’s winning goal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The report states United have been looking at replacements for the 32-year-old. Former Ajax star Andre Onana, Everton’s main man Jordan Pickford, and FC Porto talent Diogo Costa are all on their short-list.