After a long and illustrious career at Manchester United, David de Gea failed to negotiate a new deal with the Red Devils and left Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of the 2022/23 season.
Despite his experience, De Gea did not find a club during the summer transfer window and remains a free agent. As per reports, the goalkeeper wants to continue his career at a top club, money is not the most important factor for him, and that is why he rejected numerous approaches from Saudi Arabia.
With the season in full swing, De Gea can join any club as he is currently unaffiliated. The David de Geat next club odds serve as a decent indication to what may come next for the 32-year-old shot-stopper.
List of latest David de Gea transfer odds
Ironically, sitting atop the David de Gea transfer odds is Manchester United as their newly-signed goalkeeper Andre Onana is having a tough time adapting. There are other top teams on the list too.
|David de Gea next club||BetVictor Odds|
|Any Saudi Pro League Club||4.00|
As curious as it may sound, Man United may well become David de Gea’s next club. According to rumours in the British press, the Red Devils have contacted the Spaniard over a possible return to Old Trafford after failing to extend his contract this summer. There have been no comments coming from the 32-year-old’s side for now.
At Erik ten Hag’s request, Man United signed Andre Onana for around £44 million over the summer to replace De Gea. The Cameroonian is yet to adapt to the new environment, though, keeping just four clean sheets in 15 matches and conceding a total of 26 goals so far.
Ten Hag’s biggest problem with De Gea was the goalkeeper’s poor passing ability, and the club was ready to let him go considering his high salary. But if Onana continues with his poor performances, it will be no surprise if the former Spain international returns to the club mid-season. At least he was good with his hands.
Any Saudi Pro League Club
Although we’ve mentioned that the goalkeeper rejected offers from the Middle East this summer, the Saudi Pro League still remains high in the David de Gea next club odds. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar also rejected approaches from there at first but, after failing to find a viable alternative, signed with Al Nassr and Al Hilal respectively.
De Gea is one of the most popular goalkeepers in modern times as his incredible saves were shared on the Internet all across the world, not only among the Premier League fans. So, almost any club would be happy to see the 32-year-old guard their goal as long as they can afford his salary.
Among the big four clubs, though, only Al Nassr really need a goalkeeper as Al Hilal have Yassine Bounou, Al Ahli have Edouard Mendy and Al Ittihad seem happy with two-time Brazil international Marcelo Groehe. But the Saudi Pro League is not limited to these clubs, of course.
David de Gea was linked with Bayern Munich back in summer as the Bavarians considered signing a new goalkeeper amid the injury of Manuel Neuer. Nevertheless, the Bundesliga champions decided to stick with back-up Sven Ulrich until Neuer recovered and brought in young goalkeeper Daniel Peretz just in case.
After ten long months on the sidelines, Neuer stepped on the pitch in the 8-0 win over Darmstadt on October 28. Now more than ever Bayern should have second thoughts about signing De Gea due to his high wages and age.
Moreover, Thomas Tuchel prefers his goalkeepers to be good on the ball, which the Spaniard is not. Going from Neuer to De Gea may not be that significant in terms of shot-stopping, but the Bavarians would have to change entirely the way they start their build-up. So, there seem to be more disadvantages than advantages.
Real Madrid’s situation this summer was even more dire as they lost starting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois due to injury a few days before the start of the 2023/24 La Liga season. Being in a rush to sign a proper substitute, De Gea was named as one of the candidates to arrive at Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos settled on Kepa Arrizabalaga in the end, signing him on a one-year loan. The Spain international has been doing a decent job at Real Madrid with five clean sheets in 12 appearances and 10 conceded goals. Courtois is expected to recover towards the end of the season, so Kepa’s one-year loan made perfect sense.
Of course, De Gea joining Real Madrid would’ve made a great story because the goalkeeper was close to signing for them back in 2015 but the move did not materialise only because the documents were not filed on time. With Kepa doing well and Courtois set to recover next summer, only another injury could prompt Los Blancos to turn back to David.
Real Betis, on the other hand, would be ready to offer David de Gea plenty of playing time this and in the seasons to come. Claudio Bravo, at 40 years of age, is no longer as reliable as he used to be. And Rui Silva, his back-up, has had more poor or average matches than good ones since moving to the Benito Villamarin stadium.
At the same time, this transfer is difficult to imagine due to financial reasons. Betis barely managed to register their full squad for the 2023/24 La Liga campaign and had to sell centre-back Luiz Felipe to afford it.
So, even if De Gea agrees to a minimal salary – like Dani Alves did when returning to Barcelona – it may be a problem registering him. Besides, the Spaniard has no past at Betis so why would he give up a good salary elsewhere, even in Saudi Arabia, to play for a Europa League team?