DAVID DE GEA is refusing to budge on his £350,000-a-week wage demands as Manchester United’s bid to persuade their Spanish keeper to sign a new contract remains deadlocked.
De Gea, 28, has told United chiefs that he is prepared to commit his peak years to the club – but only if the price is right.
That pay rise would put him behind only £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez in the Old Trafford dressing room.
United are reluctant to meet De Gea’s demands but remain confident of a compromise.
The Spain international’s current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2020 after the Red Devils triggered a one-year extension last year.
De Gea pulled off a string of fine saves during United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham in January.
And based on such outstanding performances, he believes he deserves a hefty raise from the £200,000-a-week he currently makes.
De Gea has been named as United’s player of the season at the end of year awards for four of the past five campaigns.
But United legend Peter Schmeichel says a goalkeeper should not be picking up those awards at a club the size of United.
“The problem here is the Manchester United goalkeeper is not supposed to make the number of saves that David De Gea is making in a game like Tottenham,” Schmeichel told beIN SPORTS.
“I’m not talking him down at all but you don’t want the Manchester United goalkeeper to be the best player in the team for four years or five years or whatever it is.
“You want your strikers, you want your 30 goals from two or three players.
“I think David De Gea is showing us what the challenges at Manchester United are at the moment.
“So whoever gets the job needs to tighten up the defence, needs to be more aggressive.”
United dominated Fulham throughout their 3-0 win at Craven Cottage yesterday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now unbeaten in 11 games since taking charge as interim manager.
Paul Pogba opened the scoring and added the third from the penalty spot after Anthony Martial’s classy finish had made it 2-0.