Two things which could hold back new United contract for De Gea - Report

David De Gea kicking

A new deal for Manchester United could be delayed according to the Daily Mail.

Several reports have suggested that Manchester United are looking to extend David De Gea’s contract, nipping speculation in the bud of a possible move to Real Madrid.

De Gea has been one of the most consistent players at United over the last 12 months, with his form leading to apparent talks over a new deal beyond his current one which expires in 2016.

United should be extremely confident that De Gea will sign on the dotted line, but the Daily Mail has suggested two possible things, which could hold back a new contract.

“Although initial conversations took place last year, talks had been put on hold as United strengthened their squad in other areas,” reports the Mail.

“Louis Van Gaal still wants another goalkeeper to provide competition for De Gea with Anders Lindegaard looking for a new club.”

Plenty of reports have suggested that the strengthening of the side hasn’t finished with a new centre-back and another midfielder thought to be transfer priorities for United heading into the winter.

There have been several reports over the past two weeks of United’s interest in players like Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal, who would suck up time and man power if United went about deals.

A new back up goalkeeper to De Gea is also extremely important in terms of maintaining the pressure on the Spaniard and giving Louis van Gaal another option when he needs to rest his number one.

It will take the club time to scout out and negotiate for an appropriate player, who is willing to come into the United squad knowing that they are going to play second fiddle for the majority of matches.

United are under a small amount of pressure to get the new deal sorted but with De Gea’s current deal not expiring until the end of next season, the weight is off their shoulders for the time being.

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