David De Gea (33, Spain), who has yet to find a new club after ending his 12-year association with Manchester United last summer, could return to the English Premier League (EPL). De Gea has recently been on the transfer list of Newcastle United and is reportedly receiving ‘offers’. The Magpies have been eyeing De Gea as a possible replacement for starting goalkeeper Nick Pope (31-England), who is expected to miss more than four months with a dislocated shoulder.
“Newcastle are facing a crisis after Pope suffered a serious dislocated shoulder injury that will keep him out of action until April next year,” British outlet Football Insider reported on Friday (April 5), adding, “Newcastle, who are currently planning to sign a new goalkeeper, are said to be interested in De Gea, who is a free agent and looking for a new club. De Gea is currently an ‘unattached’ player after parting ways with United at the end of last season,” we can exclusively reveal.
Earlier, Newcastle earned a 1-0 home win over United in the 14th round of the EPL at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 3, thanks to an Anthony Gordon (22-England) opener 10 minutes into the second half. With their second straight win, Newcastle moved up one place to sixth in the table (26 points) and closed the gap to fourth-place Aston Villa (29 points), the final UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualifying spot, by one game.
Newcastle, however, had little to smile about despite the victory. Pope, who had been in fine form in goal, suffered a shoulder injury in the 37th minute when he threw himself to block a shot and landed on his back. He complained of pain for some time and eventually left the field after receiving first aid from the medical staff before being substituted. Local reports suggested that the injury was serious, and Pope did indeed dislocate his shoulder upon further examination. He is now effectively out for the season. 아톰카지노 도메인
The unexpected departure of the keeper has left Newcastle in a ‘state of emergency’. They have a second goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka (34, Slovakia), but there are concerns about his lack of game experience and his previous reputation for being unreliable. In fact, Dubravka has only made one appearance in the English Football League (EFL) Carabao Cup this season. Last season, he played just five games in all competitions.
Newcastle have identified De Gea as a “top priority target” as they look to bring in a new goalkeeper from outside the club in the upcoming winter transfer window. The idea is to bring in De Gea to fill Pope’s void as a stopgap, especially as he is a free agent and will not incur a transfer fee, and has been rated as one of the EPL’s ‘top keepers’ during his 12 years at United. Newcastle are reportedly currently weighing up a move for De Gea internally.
According to Football Insider, “Newcastle are expected to rely on second choice goalkeeper Dubravka in the immediate future with first choice keeper Pope out with a dislocated shoulder. “However, the Magpies are currently discussing the signing of a new goalkeeper internally and De Gea has been touted as a possible option, but Newcastle are concerned about his high wages. De Gea was earning a hefty £375,000-a-week wage at United until last season.”
De Gea made his professional debut for Atletico Madrid in 2009 before joining United in 2011, where he has been the first-choice goalkeeper for 12 years. He has played 545 games in goal for United, conceding 590 goals and keeping 190 clean sheets. During this time, De Gea won one EPL title, one English Football Association (FA) Cup, two EFL Carabao Cups, and one UEFA Europa League (UEL) title.