Report: De Gea saga escalates with PSG willing to meet wage demands

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According to a report by The Independent, French club Paris Saint-Germain could be willing to give the salary Manchester United has been thus far hesitant to offer goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spaniard’s contract is up next summer, having the option triggered by the club over the winter. He has been in talks with Manchester United the last few months, but his wage demands to this point have seen the Red Devils hold back.

PSG currently has Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks, and according to ESPN just a few days ago, the Italian is preparing to sign a contract extension with the club that would keep him at Parc des Princes through the summer of 2021. While the 41-year-old has performed exceptionally well in league play, he had a hand in the club’s Champions League failure against Manchester United, and it’s feasible that the French giants could look to upgrade and bring in De Gea, who is undoubtedly in the conversation for best goalkeeper in Europe.

The Independent report states it would take an offer of over $450,000 a week – or over $23 million – to match De Gea’s current demands, and PSG is ready to make that leap. Symbolically, De Gea reportedly wishes to be the highest-paid player at Manchester United, meaning he would have to beat the $412,000 a week Alexis Sanchez currently owns, which coincidentally makes Sanchez the highest-paid player in the Premier League. According to Sky Sports, contract talks are ongoing.

From Manchester United’s perspective, they are already paying Sanchez the highest salary in the English top flight, plus Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku each sit in the top five. Should they look to bump De Gea to the number one spot, they would potentially have to offset that cost by selling Sanchez, a move that would not shock many given the Chilean’s poor form and injury troubles this season.

It’s possible that this report has come from De Gea’s camp to put pressure on Manchester United in contract talks. However, losing one of the world’s best goalkeepers on a free transfer after next season would be nothing short of a major embarrassment for Manchester United, or even being forced to sell him this summer at a discounted rate. De Gea has been the Red Devils’ savior in multiple high-profile moments over the past few seasons, racking up awards as he continues to prove himself one of the club’s most valuable on-field assets.