The season is only two weeks old but it's looking like it will be another rough ride for Manchester United. Fresh after their star player, Paul Pogba, asked to join Real Madrid they are now worried that David de Gea might leave on a free transfer.
De Gea's contract expires at the end of this season and recently agreed terms on a new contract, which would extend his deal until 2025, after several months of negotiations. If those terms are correct it would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world and see him earn £350,000 per week.
The sticking point appears to be the new clause inserted in contracts at United which would mean a 25% wage drop for every player should they fail to qualify for the Champions League. This would see De Gea 'only' earn £260,000 per week.
Jorge Mendes travelled to Manchester in order to clear up any remaining details but it's since been revealed that talks have been put on hold until January. Now a delay until January feels mightily convenient as De Gea, in his final six months of his contract, would be free to agree terms - and a transfer - to any side in Europe.