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Man United are running out of time to give David De Gea a new contract. Can they do it before he leaves for free?

In 2015, after a summer of rumour and speculation, Manchester United accepted defeat in their attempt to get David De Gea to sign a new contract and agreed to sell the Spaniard to Real Madrid. Four years and a faulty fax machine later, and United are back where they started. In less than three months’ time — July 1, to be exact — De Gea will officially have one year left on his deal at Old Trafford and the decision facing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazer family will be whether to cash in on their prized goalkeeper or hold their nerve.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

Sources have told ESPN FC that their plan, as of writing, is to stand firm. Bids in the summer will be rebuffed in the hope that De Gea can be convinced to stay. Their view is that they can take the financial hit should the worst happen and he leaves for nothing in 12 months; to the club, it’s worth the risk if it gives them extra time to negotiate a fresh agreement.

At the moment, though, an agreement is some way off. Sources close to De Gea have suggested the club do not have the “capacity” to meet his demands. Other sources have hinted that associated costs (including agents’ fees) have driven up the price of the deal.4

De Gea and his representatives believe he deserves to be one of the highest-paid players at United. He has, after all, won the club’s player of the year award in four of the past five seasons and is among the best goalkeepers in the world. At 28, he is in the prime of his career and is keen to cash in while he can. You can see his point.

United, meanwhile, are trying to manage a wage structure that has been wrecked somewhat by Alexis Sanchez’s mega-money move from Arsenal in January 2018. More than that, they’re also trying to cope with a shifting landscape in the transfer market. Neymar’s £199m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 blew the roof off the market in terms of transfer fees and it’s taken time for wages to catch up. During negotiations with De Gea and Ander Herrera in particular, they’ve started to feel the pinch. After more than a year of talks, Herrera is two months away from leaving on a free transfer, cheap nfl jerseys from china nike with PSG linked most closely to the Spanish midfielder.

Neymar and Sanchez have set a benchmark, but United are at least learning. From now on, their top players will be offered five-year contracts with the option of a sixth rather than the four-plus-one deal De Gea signed in 2015 when his transfer to Real Madrid fell through at the last minute. Club chiefs hope it will give them more protection from situations like this happening again in the future.