David De Gea is one of four senior goalkeepers set to leave Manchester United this summer as the club seek to trim the eye-watering wage bill of £570,000 a week currently being spent purely on that position.
De Gea makes up the bulk of that astronomical weekly outlay, with two years left on his £340,000-a-week deal. United face the prospect of having to pay off a large chunk of that remaining contract in order to get him off the books.
Dean Henderson, who is set to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent number one having filled in admirably since De Gea returned to Spain to attend the birth of his child, signed a new £100,000-a-week contract after impressing so much during his loan season at Sheffield United last year.
But United also have Sergio Romero firmly out in the cold and running down the final months of his £70k-a-week contract in Argentina after the club made the costly decision to block a move to Everton. Then there are Lee Grant and Joel Pereira on £30k and £20k a week respectively – they too both become free agents at the end of the season, while part of Pereira’s wages are currently covered by Huddersfield who have taken him on loan.
While Romero, Grant and Pereira leaving would raise few eyebrows, De Gea’s departure would still be a big deal despite his form tailing off over the last couple of years after a sustained spell of excellence. Phil Jones is the only other current United player to have won the Premier League title there, while De Gea has also won FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League medals in his decade at Old Trafford since a £19m move in 2011.
Getting him out of the door might not be straightforward, though, with few clubs able to afford the sizeable fee and vast wages the 30-year-old commands. PSG, who are reportedly looking for a replacement for Keylor Navas, are one option but they have also been linked with Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris who would likely come much cheaper.
Henderson, 24, has been mightily impressive since finally getting his chance to stake a claim to the No. 1 jersey at Old Trafford, keeping successive clean sheets against Palace, Manchester City and West Ham. Even his one high-profile blunder – to allow AC Milan a late equaliser in the dying moments of the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash – was comprehensively atoned for with a fine display as United prevailed 1-0 in the return leg.