According to recent reports, Newcastle United are closer to securing the signature of the former Manchester United shot-stopper. If the reports are to go by, Newcastle United is actively pursuing a deal to secure the services of former Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea. The Spanish shot-stopper, currently out of contract, is expected to sign with the Tyneside outfit if they proceed with the move.
"Former Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is open to joining Newcastle United as cover for Nick Pope(Via: ESPN)"
Why Newcastle United are interested in the move?
In addition to David de Gea being out of contract, Newcastle United is grappling with an injury crisis. Before their match against Manchester United at St. James Park over the weekend, the team was contending with 11 injuries. Further complicating matters, Nick Pope sustained an injury in the game’s final minutes, with a dislocated shoulder that may necessitate an extended recovery period.
Despite Martin Dubravka stepping in to replace the injured English shot-stopper, there is currently no adequate cover for Eddie Howe’s side, despite the presence of Lorius Karius on the bench. The potential addition of David de Gea, the Golden Glove winner for the 2022/23 season, could prove to be a valuable reinforcement for the team, especially considering the challenges they are facing with injuries.
Does the move to Newcastle United make sense for David de Gea?
David de Gea has been without a contract for the past few months and, despite receiving significant interest from the Middle East and Spain, has not finalized any deal. The Spanish goalkeeper is actively seeking a move within Europe and has been consistently training in Manchester.
At Old Trafford, he was replaced by Andre Onana, who has faced challenges in adapting to the conditions. In the previous season, David de Gea won the Golden Glove as he kept 17 clean sheets for Manchester United and helped them to finish third.
Verdict: Given the multitude of competitions Newcastle United is involved in, securing David de Gea would be a significant deal for both parties. The club stands to gain a player with over 400 games of Premier League experience for free, presenting a valuable addition to their squad. On the flip side, David de Gea would have the opportunity to showcase his abilities and potentially demonstrate whether his former employers made a significant error in letting him go for free.