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Man Utd launched Wojciech Szczesny transfer enquiry before David De Gea signed new deal | Football | Sport

Manchester United were interested in signing former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before David de Gea committed his future to the club, it has been claimed.

From the start of the year De Gea stalled on signing a new deal at Old Trafford, causing club executives to sound out potential replacements.

The club remained confident throughout the summer window that De Gea would sign on but did receive interest in the Spaniard from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Goal, that triggered United into contacting Juventus over the availability of Szczesny.

The Poland international was Arsenal’s first-choice shot-stopper for four years before being loaned out to Roma for two seasons.

Impressing in Serie A, in 2017 Juventus picked up the goalkeeper who took the No 1 shirt last term after Gianluigi Buffon left for PSG, although the Italian has now returned to Turin.

Szczesny is currently contracted at Allianz Stadium until June 2021 but Bianconeri are now looking to pin him down on a long-term contract in the hope of warding off any interested clubs.

United may not be one of those anymore after De Gea penned a £350,000-a-week deal until 2023.

“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” De Gea said after signing the lucrative terms.

“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.

“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here.

“I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.

“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”

De Gea has not been at his best since the 2018 World Cup which proved an erroneous one for the keeper but is one of the most senior players in the Old Trafford dressing room.

The 28-year-old is set to miss Sunday’s clash against Liverpool after suffering a groin strain while on international duty for Spain.

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