- Manchester United are reportedly ready to let David de Gea leave next summer due to their existing high wage bill
- De Gea's contract is up in nine months, but there is an option to extend for a further year until 2024
- Jordan Pickford has emerged as an early contender for the goalkeepers who can replace the Spaniard at Old Trafford
David de Gea could leave Manchester United next summer as the club looks to reduce its wage bill. The club's hierarchy is said to have doubts about whether they will activate a clause in De Gea's contract that will tie him down for one more year.
His current contract expires next year, but no solid extension talks have kicked off. The Spaniard has been United's go-to goalkeeper since 2011.
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The Mirror reports that United owners are concerned over their wage bill. De Gea is one of their top earners; another extension could make the existing situation even harder.
The club recently announced a loss after last summer's transfer activities that saw the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane. They then followed it up this summer with the signings of Lisandro Martinez and Casemito.
De Gea could be let go as a way of balancing the books. The Telegraph reports that United are now looking into the possibility of drafting in Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Pickford currently has two years left on his contract and United think they could match whatever the Toffees would ask for.
The Red Devils also have Dean Henderson, who has clawed his way into the national team set-up. He is currently away on loan to Nottingham Forrest.
Sir Alex Ferguson still earns handsome paycheck nine years after retiring
Sports Brief had earlier reported that legendary football coach Sir Alex Ferguson is still in Manchester United's paybooks.
Ferguson, who retired more than 9 years ago, is the most successful coach that the club has ever had. It has now been revealed that he continues to earn a decent amount of money even in his retirement.
Ferguson earns close to 235,000 Euros weekly for his club's global ambassador role. Even more interestingly, Ferguson only has to work for 20 days the whole year.