Man Utd chiefs regret David De Gea contract as they face Paul Pogba decision – Metro.co.uk


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David de Gea has seen his form decline since signing his huge contract in 2019 (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United decision-makers still regret the whopping contract they handed out to goalkeeper David De Gea in 2019, as they face a tricky decision over Paul Pogba this summer.

De Gea signed an incredible contract in September 2019, worth £375,000-a-week until 2023, which made him the best paid player in the Premier League.

It was a remarkable move from the Red Devils at the time and it has not really paid off with the Spaniard suffering a dip in form and now in a fight with Dean Henderson for the gloves at Old Trafford.

The Athletic report that ever since De Gea signed that contract two years ago, there have been those in the United hierarchy that have regretted the decision to offer him the deal.

This will be on their minds this summer, with Pogba’s future in the balance at Old Trafford and a decision to be made on the Frenchman.

The midfielder’s contract expires next summer, so the options on the table for the Red Devils are to let that contract expire, sell Pogba this summer to cash in on him or offer the Frenchman a new deal.

The Athletic report suggests that they would be looking for a fee of around £40m for the France international, hoping that Real Madrid, Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain would come forth with a bid.

It is considerably less than the £89m they paid Juventus for his services, but would be significantly more than the nothing they would get for him in 2022.

The option of offering Pogba a new contract is where the De Gea regret will play a part. He already earns £290,000-a-week and if that increases further, United will be lumbered with an enormous expense with no guarantee of form and other players in the squad believing they should earn similarly huge wages.

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