The Old Trafford outfit is bracing itself for a summer bid from Paris St-Germain for David de Gea, 28, whose contract talks stalled earlier this year. Jose Mourinho is keen to keep hold of the Spaniard whose role in maintaining United’s elite status cannot be underestimated.
The United hierarchy is ready to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal, fuelling rumours that De Gea is set to reject any offers to move until summer 2020 when he can leave on a free transfer.
However, PSG is willing to test his and the club’s resolve as they prepare for Gigi Buffon’s retirement. The perennial French champions are determined to buy their way to the Champions League final but so far, have fallen embarrassingly short of that target.
De Gea is seen as being a matchwinner in a position where PSG lack genuine depth. Long-linked with a return to Spain and Real Madrid, that avenue seems blocked with Los Merengues signing Thibault Courtois, 27, last summer.
Salary demands of £350,000 per week, at the root of his problems at Old Trafford, barely cause PSG’s heart to skip a beat. The only other realistic rivals for De Gea’s signature are Barcelona who appear happy with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen at present. The already limited field of potential suitors looks to have narrowed to one.