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David de Gea 'set to leave Manchester United this summer'

Rory O'Callaghan

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David de Gea 'set to leave Manchester United this summer'

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is expected to leave the club this summer after 12 years at Old Trafford.

De Gea, 32, is out of contract at the end of the month and United are set to allow him to leave on a free transfer, according to The Mirror.

United have the option to extend De Gea's contract by a further year but have opted against triggering it with talks ongoing over a new deal for the Spaniard.

United want De Gea to accept a reduction on his current £375,000-a-week salary to remain at Old Trafford.

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But sources have told The Mirror that the negotiations are looking 'bleak' with De Gea so far unwilling to agree to a lower wage.

United released their retained list for the 2023/24 season on Friday which did not include De Gea. However, the club confirmed that contract negotiations remain 'open' with the Spaniard.

Included on United's retained list were fellow goalkeeper Tom Heaton, young striker Mateo Mejia and U21 player-coach Tom Huddlestone, all of whom have been offered new deals.

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The fact that De Gea was omitted from the list suggests he could be allowed to leave United this summer.

If that happened, United would need to sign a new No 1 goalkeeper, with Heaton and youngster Nathan Bishop the only options if, as expected, De Gea leaves as a free agent and Dean Henderson moves on a permanent transfer.

United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to sign another goalkeeper regardless of whether De Gea remains at the club, with Everton's Jordan Pickford, Inter Milan's Andre Onana and Porto's Diogo Costa on their list of targets.

De Gea is United's longest serving player, having joined the club from Atletico Madrid in a £18.9m deal in 2011.

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He has gone on to make 545 appearances for United, winning the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, two League Cups and three Community Shields during his time at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard holds the record for the most clean sheets as United goalkeeper (190), surpassing the previous record of 180 set by Peter Schmeichel, and is also seventh on the all-time appearance list for the club.

Speaking last month, Ten Hag said he was hopeful De Gea would agree to a salary reduction and remain at the club.

"I think we want him to stay and he wants to stay, so I think we will find each other," said Ten Hag.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, David De Gea, Transfers, Premier League, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
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