Manchester United have reportedly launched a desperate bid to bring David de Gea back to Old Trafford just a few months after letting him leave as a free agent. De Gea saw his 12-year run as United’s No 1 choice come to an abrupt end this summer when contract talks broke down.
The Spaniard was offered reduced terms to stay at United, but he was unwilling to accept the new contract. He was eventually replaced by Andre Onana, who has come under scrutiny in his first few months at United.
But United face bigger problems in the New Year over concerns that Onana could end up choosing to play for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations. According to The Sun, United are looking to combat this by making a sensational bid to bring De Gea back to the club.
Altay Bayindir is currently United’s back-up choice for Onana, but he’s yet to make his debut for his new club. If Onana chooses to go to the Africa Cup of Nations then he’s at risk of missing up to eight matches for United.
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It’s claimed the Red Devils are prepared to swallow humble pie by making an approach to re-sign De Gea. The Spaniard hasn’t signed for a new club since leaving United in the summer, but he has been spotted in Manchester in recent weeks.
He met up with United captain Bruno Fernandes following the club’s win over Sheffield United last week. The report states that De Gea would be offered a short-term deal.
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United were reportedly under the impression that Onana was not going to be a part of Cameroon’s push to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations when they signed him in the summer. Onana had been out of the national team after a falling out with Rigobert Song at the 2022 World Cup.
But he made a surprise return to the team for Cameroon’s final AFCON qualifier against Burundi last month as they made it through to the major tournament. It’s been suggested that Onana has made no final decision on whether he will play for his country at the major tournament next year.
However, United appear under the impression Onana will go if they’re willing to make a desperate approach to re-sign De Gea.
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