David de Gea is unhappy with Manchester United’s latest contract offer and is holding out for a deal comparable with high earners Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, according to reports.
The Spaniard is out of contract next summer, though United can automatically trigger an additional year, and manager Jose Mourinho recently insisted that an announcement was imminent.
However, the Daily Record report that talks have hit a fresh standstill and no agreement is close to being reached, with United’s board unwilling to give in to De Gea’s demands.
The Spaniard, who has been the club’s Player of the Year in four of the last five seasons, is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world and wants a contract that reflects that.
However, he is still waiting to receive a contract offer in that ballpark, with United CEO Ed Woodward reluctant to give a goalkeeper the same salary as Pogba and Sanchez.
De Gea’s £350,000-a-week basic salary demand would make him by far the biggest earner at United.
Speaking about De Gea’s future earlier this month, Mourinho said: ‘His valuation is zero, because he is a Manchester United player who, as soon as possible, will sign a new contract.’