PSG to launch bid to sign Manchester United keeper David de Gea

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Perennial Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are planning to launch a bid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea this summer.

PSG are seeking a goalkeeper to replace the great Gianluigi Buffon, who announced yesterday he was leaving the club. There was an option for him to stay for a further year but it wasn’t taken up.

de Gea has matured into one of the best goalies in the world in his time at Manchester United. The 28-year-old produced a string of fine displays last season.

However, de Gea only has a year left on his current deal at Old Trafford and has been stalling on signing a new one, with wage demands – said to be £350,000 per week – at potential stumbling block. United’s failure to secure a place in next season’s Champions League could also influence his thinking.

Of course, such wages would be no object to Qatar-backed PSG, and they are in the Champions League with a realistic chance of winning it.

United would be loathe to lose one of their star players, but they will also be mindful of the potential for losing him for nothing in summer 2020 so could cash in. Press reports have speculated that PSG could bid £60 million for him.

If de Gea were to go, then other clubs, such as Real Madrid would be interested. Los Blancos have been linked with him for years and it is thought Zinedine Zidane wants a new keeper after Thibault Coutois’ indifferent campaign last term.

United would also want a replacement. Lille’s Mike Maigan has been mentioned, as has Barcelona reserve Jasper Cillesson – both of whom would cost about half of what de Gea would.