David De Gea ‘may be sacrificed in summer’ to raise Man Utd transfer funds

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea could reportedly be sacrificed in the summer to raise transfer funds for the continuing overhaul of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.

De Gea signed an improved contract with United in September keeping him at the club until 2023, allaying fears that he could leave for free at the end of this season when his previous deal was due to expire.

The Spain goalkeeper almost joined Real Madrid in 2015 when he was at the peak of his powers, and speculation over his future has kept resurfacing ever since.

However, while his form has improved since his struggles early this season, De Gea is coming under increasing threat from Dean Henderson, who has impressed on loan at Sheffield United.

Henderson has kept nine Premier League clean sheets so far this campaign – behind only Burnley's Nick Pope and Liverpool's Alisson, who are both on 10.

The 22-year-old has been touted as a future England and United No1, while United also have arguably the Premier League's best reserve keeper in Sergio Romero.

With such options at United's disposal, Goal reports that De Gea could be shipped out this summer to raise funds for a transfer war chest, with Romero offering the opportunity for a managed transition until Henderson is ready to take on the No1 role.

Juventus and Paris-Saint Germain could be possible destinations for De Gea.

United's squad overhaul is well underway, with Bruno Fernandes having joined from Sporting Lisbon in January following the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James last summer.

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