Reports: Manchester United star contract talks on hold due to the player's huge wage demands
What's the story?
According to the Mirror, Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea has refused to budge from his £350,000-a-week wage demands as the Red Devils look for a negotiation with the Spaniard, who is set to sign a new deal at the club.
In case you didn't know
De Gea signed for United in 2011 at a transfer fee of £18.9 million replacing the legendary Edwin Van der Sar at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard struggled in his initial days at the club, but as time commenced, he became pivotal to United's achievements over the years.
The Premier League winner is also the recipient of Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award on three consecutive years which is a record in the club's history.
The heart of the matter
Since Sir Alex retired, United has been struggling to challenge for the top four rest aside the Premier League title. The managerial appointments have been disappointing, and few of the transfer decisions made have been poor.
Amidst all the nuances, the only thing that has been constant and which has bailed United out on numerous occasions is their goalkeeper, David De Gea. He is elastic in front of goal and on his day, nothing gets past him.
However, being the club's best player for some years, it was deemed unfair when Alexis Sanchez got handed a whopping £400,000-a-week salary which was double that of De Gea's.
There were speculations that the Spaniard could leave United in search of trophies, but the arrival of Solskjaer has changed the atmosphere around Old Trafford with players like Martial already signing a new long term deal at the club.
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David is a world-class goalkeeper and given his dependency in the side; it's no mystery that he would want to be among the highest earners, if not the highest earning player in the club which somewhat justifies this news.
United have a tough fixture list coming up starting with PSG in the Champions League. Hence, for the time being, the club and the player could shift their focus back on the pitch and hope they could get through this challenging phase with flying colors.