Man Utd told to meet David de Gea wage demands… it’s cheaper than Jan Oblak – EXCLUSIVE | Football | Sport
That is according to former professional goalkeeper David Preece.
De Gea wants to become the club’s best-paid player alongside Alexis Sanchez if he is to sign a new long-term deal.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward triggered a one-year extension in the Spaniard’s contract in November and is confident of securing the goalkeeper’s future.
De Gea has won four of the last five Player of the Year awards at United and his camp are insisting his importance is reflected in any new contract.
Sanchez signed a £500,000-a-week deal, including bonuses and image rights, in January 2018 but is not even a regular first-team player.
That discrepancy between impact and earnings has caused disruption in the Old Trafford dressing room and De Gea is the first high-profile player to take a stand.
Goalkeeping coach Preece believes the United white-collars should placate De Gea with a lucrative deal, otherwise it’ll cost them in the long run.
“In the past, your goalscorers earned the top dollars,” Preece, now coaching at Ostersunds, exclusively explained to Express Sport.
“But with the importance of goalkeepers now, he has to be up there. Sometimes in the past managers looked at their budgets and whatever’s left over is what they have for a goalkeeper. Those days are over now.
“You look at David de Gea now and Alexis Sanchez is out the side and not really repaying the club in terms of goals and form, David de Gea has been so important for Manchester United over the last four, five, six seasons.
“Things haven’t been great since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left, but they’d be a hell of a lot worse if it wasn’t for David de Gea as well.
“He’s won a lot of points for them and he should be rewarded. He’s so important to that club now – it would give United a massive headache replacing him.”
Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Oblak is one of the outstanding players in his position in Europe but it has been reported he may sign a new contract including a release clause of £174m.
Alisson Becker and Kepa Arrizabalaga were the flagbearers in a new era of goalkeeper fees which began last summer, and United would therefore likely have to fork out nine figures to acquire someone on De Gea’s level.
“There are a lot of good goalkeepers around, but to replace him – what price would it be?” Preece asked.
“You’re probably paying less money to give him the salary he’s worth than going to get a similar goalkeeper to him.
“You’re looking at paying £100m for Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid. And that’s if they could get him.
“To me there’s no question he should be given whatever he’s demanding at the moment.”