David de Gea’s contract situation is continuing to prove a cause for concern at Manchester United.
Sunday Mirror Sport last week revealed that the Spaniard wants a bumper pay rise to tie himself down to a new deal at Old Trafford.
With Alexis Sanchez earning more than double his current £175,000-a-week wages, De Gea believes that a figure in the region of £300,000-a-week is not unrealistic.
The 28-year-old had been expected to sign a new deal last summer, but talks have dragged and Jose Mourinho has admitted he is worried about the potential for De Gea to look elsewhere.
Last month he admitted he was ‘not confident’ over De Gea signing an extension, while De Gea himself responded by saying talk on the subject was a ‘distraction’.
The suggestion is that following a difficult start to the season and no immediate agreement on the horizon, De Gea is pondering his future.
But Juventus have been monitoring his situation, as they eye a potential switch to Turin, with current goalkeeper duo Wojciech Szczesny and Mattia Perin still to fully convince.
De Gea’s contract runs out next summer, but United do have an option to trigger a 12 month extension for a player who has won the club’s Player of the Year award in four of the last five season.
However, they are yet to do so, with the club wanting De Gea to commit his future long term.
Unless he does so, they face him either leaving for a potential cut price fee next summer or walking away in 2020 for nothing.
Combined, all things are playing a part in a situation where there is a stalemate and triggering the extension is seen very much as a last resort at United.
With no agreement on the immediate horizon over a big pay rise, De Gea is holding out and pressure grows on the club to satisfy arguably its most important player.