Manchester United have reportedly set a deadline of the end of the year to agree a new contract with David de Gea amid transfer interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Reds cannot afford to lose the Spain international, who has undoubtedly been one of their most important players for years.
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However, his contract is due to expire at the end of this season, so United don’t have long to tie him down to a long-term deal.
The Sun notes United have the option of extending De Gea’s contract for another year, but the club is now under pressure with the prospect of losing the best goalkeeper in world football.
It is worth considering that arguably the only big club in European football that needs an upgrade on their goalkeeper and can afford De Gea is Juventus, after losing Gianluigi Buffon, Barca and PSG’s interest sounds like nothing more than speculation.
De Gea’s performances have not been enough to help United to win major honours in recent times, but his influence within the team is something else. Without him the Reds would have fallen further since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.