It may have appeared that David de Gea had committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new four-year deal (via The Sun), but it seems that an Old Trafford exit could still be on the cards.
The 24-year-old surprised everyone by signing the new contract with the Red Devils as it came days after his dream move to Real Madrid collapsed in the final days of the transfer window (via Daily Mail).
Although the U-turn suggests that de Gea is ready to forget a potential Bernabeu switch, The Sun have reported that his buyout clause is as low as £30m – which is less than the £35m United were demanding during the summer when the stopper had just one year left on his deal (via Daily Mail).
The Sun suggest that the former Atletico Madrid man signed the new deal in an attempt to end his exile from the first-team, and give himself the best chance of cementing his place as Spain’s number one at the European Championships next year.
The contract puts the ball in Madrid’s court now, as while previously it was up to United to potentially accept a lower offer or face losing him for nothing next summer, the Premier League side now have the goalkeeper for the next four years, and have plenty of time – as well as a buyout clause – to ensure that de Gea’s future does not become a saga again.
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