Reports: Manchester United identify David de Gea replacement as Spaniard rejects contract renewal

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea

Manchester United have reached an impasse with David De Gea over contract negotiations. But if the rumour mills are to be believed, United have offered Marseille goalkeeper Ahmadou Dia a four-year contract. 

Although the youngster- still on an amateur contract- hasn’t yet broken into the Marseille first team, United scouts have been keeping a close eye on him.  According to L’Equipe (via Get French Football News), United are looking to tie the youngster to a four-year deal. Marseille director, Andoni Zubizarreta said the club was aware of the offer but the young gloveman is yet to agree to terms.

At Old Trafford, there is a palpable sense of tension over De Gea’s contract negotiations.  The  Spaniard has a year left on his deal and despite sounding out his willingness to remain at Manchester, the club is yet to agree to his £350,000 a week wage demand.

Although De Gea would prefer to remain at Manchester United where he has become a terrace hero, the protracted silence over a new deal has stoked interest in other clubs. The Sun reports that Real Madrid and PSG are monitoring the situation.

While Madrid has in their roster two fine keepers, if reports are to believed Zidane would much rather put them away in a scrap-heap and welcome De Gea to the Bernabeu. However, Madrid and De Gea seem destined to remain estranged as PSG are supposedly front runners in this tussle.

Along with young Dia, United are also casting glances at Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak in the off chance that De Gea slips through their grasp.


FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 2.5/5; So the plot thickens. We’d expect United to seal the deal with De Gea and prolong their little bed in.  However, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant are probably perspiring anxiously over this move. Dia surely wouldn’t saunter into the United first team even if De Gea were to leave. While the young Frenchman is stalling, he might wake up one fine morning and decide to up sticks and move to Manchester.