Report: Old Trafford return could beckon for recently released Manchester United star

David de Gea handed Manchester United contract boost amid Erik ten Hag’s abrupt U-turn

According to The Mirror, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has received a huge contract boost amid rising concerns about his uncertain future at Old Trafford.

Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag might consider the idea of keeping the Spaniard at the club next season in an effort to prevent splashing the cash on a new goalkeeper. De Gea was not named on the club’s retained list earlier this month but is yet to join another club since.

The 32-year-old has yet to accept a potential wage cut that would reduce his current salary to £200,000 a week. Although there has been no official confirmation from the player’s side regarding his decision, he is still aware of the manager’s plans to sign new players.

David de Gea handed Manchester United contract boost amid Erik ten Hag's abrupt U-turn . (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
David de Gea gets a lifeline in his current Manchester United contract (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

As per the report, the Dutch boss has a limited transfer budget at his disposal. The Red Devils are already aiming to bolster the squad with some fresh signings this summer.

A new striker, midfielder, and defender remain at the top of the wish list. Man United are dealing with a move for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, and the Blues are demanding a fee close to £65 million.

Also, signing a striker would require a significant sum of money since United have targeted luxury players like Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.

Hence, Man United are careful with the way they are using every single penny, and their recent negotiations with Chelsea are a prime example of this.

In light of this, signing a new goalkeeper would be the last option for Ten Hag, but he may be looking to avoid this scenario and save the cash for other priorities. United have targeted Inter Milan’s Andre Onana, but the Cameroonian shot-stopper is likely to cost the club anything close to £50m.

David de Gea handed Manchester United contract boost amid Erik ten Hag's abrupt U-turn . (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford next season (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Financial Fair Play regulations will make things difficult for the club. The only way they could increase their budget is by selling fringe players like Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Fred, and others.

Even if a takeover does happen and the club witnesses a new owner at the helm, they would still need to follow these regulations. Hence, Ten Hag might be open to keeping De Gea at Old Trafford next season, and this move would help him utilise that sum to bolster other positions in the squad.

The veteran shot-stopper has been a key player for the Red Devils, but his recent form has received a huge backlash from the fans. The United supporters want to see a new player guarding the nets and helping the team be more stable at the back.

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The situation is still not clear, and the club doesn’t want to jump the gun on an announcement. It is still highly likely that De Gea’s contract issues will be resolved soon, as he is set to become a free agent in a few days.

However, only time will tell whether the Red Devils have a change of heart as they dive deep into the transfer window.