Manchester United have sought to break the impasse over the future of goalkeeper David de Gea by offering him a new deal worth almost £85 million over five years.
That works out at a weekly salary of £350,000, but United bosses have made it clear to the player and his agents that the offer is as good as it is going to get, and the club are not prepared to offer more.
De Gea has been locked in negotiations with United over a new deal for nearly 18 months, with the two sides yet to find a satisfactory resolution. United are desperate to keep the Spanish international, but feel that want he is demanding is exorbitant. For his part, the Spaniard argues that Alexis Sanchez is on £500,000 a week and he should earn something close to that, because he has a much greater value to the team than the Chilean.
United’s position though is undermined by the fact that he has now entered the final year of his contract, and can leave as a free agent next summer.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.