David De Gea’s Man Utd exit could spark domino effect with deal ‘practically closed’

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David De Gea’s impending summer exit from Manchester United could spark a domino effect among European clubs. The Spanish goalkeeper’s stay at Old Trafford looks increasingly likely that will come to an end 10 years after he joined the club from Atletico Madrid.

The 30-year-old is one of the few players left in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad who have lifted the Premier League title.

While the first-half of his time in Manchester was highly successful, with De Gea also lifting the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League.

But since establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the English top-flight, De Gea’s form has dropped off.

That led to Solskjaer choosing to promote United academy product Dean Henderson to the role of first-choice keeper this season.

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While De Gea has fought back with a number of impressive performances, Solskjaer is clearly keen to make Henderson his long-term shot-stopper.

That makes it likely that the Spaniard is heading towards a departure from the club in the upcoming transfer window.

Though his contract still has two more years to run, it has been suggested that they could come to a mutual agreement to end his deal early.

If that does happen, TuttoMercatoWeb report that it will fire the starting gun on a “domino” effect across European keepers.

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One of those ‘dominoes’ is AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is set to leave the Serie A club this summer.

The Italian’s contract expires at the end of June and he is unlikely to sign a new deal to extend his eight-year stay at the San Siro.

United are seeking a new keeper this season, with Lee Grant and Sergio Romero also leaving Old Trafford.

That keeper could be Donnarumma, with TMW claiming that the Red Devils have now moved into the picture to sign the 22-year-old.

Donnarumma’s departure appears to be all but confirmed, with the Italian website stating that a deal to sign Lille keeper Mike Maignan is “practically closed”.

Maignan will cost the Rossoneri in the region of £15million, with the keeper set to sign a five-year deal.

Juventus are also interested in signing the man Maignan will replace, as well as Real Madrid, who TWM claim are considering selling Thibaut Courtois.

The “first name” on their shopping list though is De Gea, with his departure from United linking the merry-go-round of goalkeeper moves together.
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