Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been tipped to sign a new long-term contract with the club and end the fresh saga that is rapidly developing around his uncertain future. It comes as the club trigger the 12-month extension clause in the player's existing deal.


De Gea had been due to be out of contract at the end of the season, but the club have bought themselves more time to continue with negotiations over a fresh long-term deal by exercising their right to extend his current deal until the summer of 2020.

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There has been no official announcement from the club as yet, but BBC and Sky Sports have both separately reported that the clause has been activated as expected.


According to the latest from James Robson of the Evening Standard, De Gea does want to sign a new long-term contract at Old Trafford. It has been rumoured that the Spaniard had concerns over United's capability of challenging for major trophies, yet Robson states that De Gea has 'let it be known' that he is not actively looking to leave the club and will commit his future.


That report suggests a new long-term contract would have to be worth 'up to' £300,000-per-week, making him one of the top earners at United and the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.


The Manchester Evening News' Ciaran Kelly notes that United fans have played a crucial in De Gea being as happy as he is at Old Trafford. He has been given huge support from the stands at various difficult times and fans are always keen to make sure he knows he is adored.


There is also the matter of long-term girlfriend Edurne, the Spanish pop star who the media once claimed was a driving force behind his near departure in 2015. Where once it was claimed, perhaps erroneously, that she hated Manchester, the singer has now relocated to England.

A report from the Daily Mail takes a more negative view of the situation, claiming that while he is 'open to staying', De Gea is demanding a 'huge wage hike'. In this version of events he is harshly depicted as holding the club to ransom in search of £350,000 wages to match Alexis Sanchez.


The Mail alleges that De Gea's camp have already rejected an offer worth £275,000-per-week, while the report is keen to point out that United are still vulnerable to losing the 28-year-old in 2020 if the extension clause is triggered and no new deal is agreed.


The Mail also suggests De Gea is aware that Luke Shaw recently received a significant pay rise and that the club relented and gave in to Marouane Fellaini's demands rather than let the Belgian leave for free. In addition, it is said De Gea still wants assurance of United's ambition.