Man Utd face prospect of loaning David de Gea out and suffering Sanchez repeat

Manchester United could see history repeat itself as they prepare to offload David de Gea this summer.

The Spanish goalkeeper has fallen down the pecking order at United and lost his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting-eleven to Dean Henderson towards the end of last season.

Both Henderson and De Gea have made clear that they are unprepared to serve as a back-up option at the club, meaning one or other will make a move either on loan or permanently in this transfer window.

The expectation is that De Gea will be the one to leave, having experienced a dip in form both at club level and on the international stage in recent years.

Spain national team manager Luis Enrique has picked Athletic Bilbao keeper Unai Simon over the experienced United shot-stopper at Euro 2020, highlighting that his best years are certainly behind him.

An issue the Red Devils are likely to face when attempting to move on the 30-year-old will relate to wages, with De Gea the club's highest earner at £350,000 per week.

With many clubs limited in their summer spending due to the coronavirus pandemic, United may struggle to find a side willing to afford such high demands.

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The most likely scenario would be what happened when the Red Devils loaned out Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan for the 2019/20 season, which resulted in United covering half of his wages as part of the deal.

Sanchez is reported to have earned £350,000-per-week during his time at Old Trafford, but failed to justify this expense during his brief spell.

United's recent transfer activity also suggests that their four-time Player of the Year may be forced to reconsider his options this summer, having announced the arrival Burnley's Tom Heaton and a contract extension for Lee Grant.

This takes the club's current first-team goalkeeper count up to four, suggesting a summer exit could well be on the cards.

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