Manchester United have reportedly made it clear to David de Gea they will not offer him improved contract terms, with the current deal on the table their final offer.
The Spanish shot-stopper is out of contract with the Red Devils in 2020 and has yet to sign a new deal, alerting the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to his potential availability.
United are believed to have offered De Gea around £300,000-a-week to renew, but the 28-year-old is holding out of for around 50% more.
Alexis Sanchez is the club’s current highest earner on £450,000-a-week and De Gea – who has been sensational in his United career, save for a recent blip – feels he is entitled to just as much.
Now Spanish newspaper Sport report that United have issued an ultimatum to the goalkeeper making it clear that they will not improve their offer.
United have firmly put the ball back into De Gea’s court, telling him to either accept the current offer or walk away from the negotiating table.
There had been suggestions that United were prepared to keep De Gea even if he does not sign a new deal, but if he makes it clear that he will not renew that stance could change.
Despite only having a year left on his contract, the Spaniard would still command a transfer fee of around £75m if United decide to cash in.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to defend his keeper’s recent poor showings and insists he has not been distracted by contract talks, saying: ‘That’s something you have to deal with as a footballer. It’s a situation. David’s coming in every single day doing what he should be doing.’