PSG Ready To Make Bid For David De Gea
With the departure of Gianluigi Buffon this summer, PSG have identified Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea as a potential replacement and are set to make a bid.
Buffon, who played 17 times in Ligue 1 this season, will leave the French champions when his contract expires at the end of this month.
Despite leaving as a Ligue 1 winner, Buffon did make a few mistakes in his time in Paris, including one against Manchester United in the Champions League round-of-16 victory for 'The Red Devils'.
And now, The Times (sign-up required) have reported that De Gea could be ready to leave Old Trafford after eight years to potentially join Thomas Tuchel's side.
Sources close to the Spanish number one have claimed that he and his team are yet to agree a deal with United, despite negotiations being 'opened 20 months ago'.
The issue is currently with De Gea's wage demands, which is interestingly £350,000 a week, the same amount that Alexis Sanchez currently earns.
Paying excessive wages to a player should only be done if they are irreplaceable. David de Gea falls into that category and so, too, does Paul Pogba. However, Alexis Sánchez does not.
The decisions made this summer will set the tone for the next few seasons.
- UtdArena. (@utdarena) March 1, 2019
De Gea leaving could put a dent in United's summer transfer plans, as their failure to qualify for the Champions League has lead to rumours of a summer overhaul in Manchester.
Many United fans believed that De Gea's drop in form last season was linked with his off field contract dispute, with the Spaniard making uncharacteristic errors in key games against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Per The Times, United are insisting that De Gea will not be sold this summer, despite his contract expiring next summer.
That means that if a new deal is not agreed, the 28-year-old would be free to speak to overseas clubsafter January 1st.
The refusal to sell the Spaniard is in line with the 20-time Premier League winners insistence that key players cannot depart this summer, with Paul Pogba also on numerous clubs radars.
United, who finished sixth last season, faced a similar situation with Ander Herrera, who's contract has expired and has left the Premier League side after five years.
It's expected that the former United man will sign with PSG, De Gea's potential suitors.
Could De Gea and Herrera be set for a reunion in Paris? Let us know in the comments.
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