Transfer balls: Manchester United offer David De Gea and his agent a fortune to stay
The Sun leads with news that David De Gea “could make a shock U-turn and sign a new £200,000-a-week deal with Manchester United”.
He hasn’t. But he “could“.
The Sun says De Gea’s Mr 15% Jorge Mendes has been deep in talks with Man United’s deal makers. We also learn that Real Madrid are “believed to have given up on ever landing De Gea”.
Over in the Express, their version has De Gea “snubbing” Real, the club that only days ago he was “distraught” not to have joined. It adds:
Real president Florentino Perez insists the Spanish club would “definitely not” move for De Gea in January and described his relationship with super agent Mendez [sic] as “broken”.
Is the agent dictating the player’s career?
The Guardian recalls that Van Gaal has not exactly wooed De Gea:
United had already put a new contract on the table last season, believed to be offering the goalkeeper £200,000 a week over a five-year period, but the likelihood of that being signed receded after Van Gaal accused him of not wanting to play for the club in the light of Real’s overtures.
That rift between goalkeeper and manager widened when De Gea professed himself “baffled” at the comments, and after his proposed £29m move to Real collapsed embarrassingly on transfer deadline day, it had been assumed that the Spaniard would wait until his contract ran down next summer before moving home.
Maybe his agent needs the cash? If De Gea signs a new deal at Old Trafford, any transfer fee will rise – and with that the agent’s cut of any move. If the Spaniard sees out the final year of his current contract (£35,000 a week) – forcing his way back into the side – a monkey with a bell could negotiate a better deal at Real Madrid.