Manchester United’s back line may have been looking a bit suspect this season, but their last line of defense has been stellar.
David de Gea has enjoyed his best run of form at United this season, almost single-handedly earning the Red Devils crucial points in some close matches. Without de Gea’s heroics, United would surely sit lower on the table than they do, as they are currently in third place.
According to The Sun, the club is set to reward their 24-year-old star with a contract that would make him the most expensive goalkeeper ever.
The contract extension is reportedly worth nearly $57 million over five years, with a weekly salary of about $220,000, more than double his current pay.
While there is no doubt de Gea has blossomed into one of the top keepers in the Premier League, this move by United could also be precautionary as Real Madrid have been keen to lure the Spaniard away from Old Trafford.
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Real Madrid hoped to have de Gea step in as the heir to Iker Casillas, as it also looks likely de Gea will take over Casillas’ starting role for the Spanish national team in the near future.
United’s crosstown rivals Manchester City are also reportedly set to offer their number-one keeper Joe Hart an extension, but for only a measly $188,00 per week.