Manchester United are set to offer goalkeeper David de Gea a new contract in order to ward off interest from Real Madrid in the Spaniard, say the Daily Star on Sunday. They claim that the goalkeeper will be offered £300,000 per week, a massive jump from his current £200,000 per week deal, in the hope that such a pay rise will be enough to persuade De Gea to stay put at Old Trafford.
Such a move would be a sign of ambition by the Red Devils who are clearly determined not to lose one of their best players to the Spanish giants as they see him as a vital piece of the jigsaw to launch themselves back onto the European stage starting with their attempts to break into the top four this season.
The Mirror report that another huge offer is set to be made with Antoine Griezmann likely to also be offered £300,000 per week over four years to join the club. The Atletico Madrid forward is reportedly keen to join the club regardless of whether or not they qualify for the Champions League next season.
Ed Woodward is believed to be keen to try to negotiate a lower price for the Frenchman, who is close friends with Paul Pogba, than his £85.5 million release clause, but is prepared to pay it if the Madrid team will not budge in what would rival Pogba as the club’s record fee.
At the other end of the spectrum is the club’s homegrown talent, such as Jesse Lingard, who told the Sunday Times that he could have opted to sign for Chelsea or Arsenal when he was just 12-years-old. The winger is now a key part of the United squad and has gained recognition with England on the international scene.
However, the 24-year-old has started just three Premier League games since November and is yet to last a full 90 minutes in any competition this season.
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