Saudi side Al-Nassr are considering a shock move for recent free agent and Manchester United veteran David de Gea after he was seemingly let go by the Red Devils, in a move that would likely see Colombian David Ospina depart.
The Spanish shot-stopper was thought to have agreed a new deal to stay at Old Trafford beyond this summer, but that was taken away after it had been verbally agreed and Erik ten Hag refused to confirm that De Gea would be his first choice next season.
As a result, last season’s golden glove winner is now a free agent after his contract expired on July 1st, though a statement from Manchester United said that ‘discussions remain open with the long-serving keeper’ over a potential new deal.
United are actively searching for a new goalkeeper, but would also be happy to keep De Gea at the club, with Tom Heaton currently the only senior option available to Ten Hag.
However, if they cannot agree fresh terms with the Spaniard, Al-Nassr are waiting to pounce. The Saudi side have already signed Cristiano Ronaldo and are closing in on deals for both Marcelo Brozovic and Seko Fofana to bolster their midfield after finishing second to Al-Ittihad last season.
A deal for Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech also remains in the balance after it initially collapsed following a failed medical, but according to the Sun a move for De Gea could be on the cards with Ronaldo’s side willing to offer him a mammoth £250,000 per week to make the switch.
The foreign players quota (currently set at 7) for Saudi Arabia sides means that any move for the Spaniard would probably see former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina depart.
De Gea has already made it clear that he would want to end his career in Manchester if possible, but should that prove impossible, Saudi Arabia could be calling.