Manchester United supporters have voiced deep concern at the latest news regarding contract negotiations with David de Gea.
It was reported on Thursday by the Telegraph‘s James Ducker that, although De Gea wants to stay at Old Trafford, he will not sign on the dotted line unless he receives a weekly wage on par with Alexis Sanchez, who receives around £400,000-a-week.
De Gea wants to stay at United and hopes the situation will be resolved but the club risk losing him unless they make him their highest paid player alongside Sanchez. Believes his status as their outstanding player over past 5 seasons warrants it #mufc https://t.co/vvfnPNGIVb
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) February 28, 2019
Other reports have indicated Man United were ready to pay De Gea a wage of £350,000-a-week, but the player’s representatives – whose fees for the deal are also a potential stumbling block – have reiterated demands that De Gea’s importance to the club is reflected by the Spaniard becoming its highest earner.
The latest development has put supporters on edge, with many expressing frustration at the way Sanchez – utterly ineffective once again on Wednesday night – is standing in the way of De Gea, the club’s best player, from signing a new contract.
Why we waiting if anyone deserves it is him
— ⓂA®K (@merk201102) February 28, 2019
I'm not saying he shouldn't get it, but It's a crazy world….
— B United (@BenedikteUteng) February 28, 2019
If De Gea, a player who is undoubtedly the reason we’ve been anywhere near top 4 the last 5 years, leaves united over a wage dispute while Sanchez, who is not contributing at all, is getting paid top wage Woodward should be shot with a ball of his own shit.
— gordon (@gordongreville) February 28, 2019
Give it to him at least he deserves it and earns it!
— iZac (@thatnuccakojo) February 28, 2019
Just pay the man what he wants @ManUtd
— DJ_Langster (@dj_langster) February 28, 2019
Couldn’t care less if United sell Sanchez or not, but it shouldn’t be dependent on that to increase De Gea’s wages. Any half decent replacement for De Gea would be upwards of £50m with wages on top. When you have the best keeper in the world, just open the chequebook to keep him.
— gazmassie (@gazmassie) February 28, 2019
Herein lies the reason why Manchester City pulled out of the Sanchez deal. Signing a new glitzy player is nice, sure, but the ramifications it can have on the club’s wage structure – and consequently the leverage they have in contract negotiations with other players – are truly destructive.
You can only hope the club and De Gea’s team find some mutual ground sooner rather than later.