DAVID DE GEA has been sensationally asked not to join another club despite his contract being up at Manchester United.
The Red Devils are effectively asking the player to hang around in case they cannot find a new number one within their transfer budget.
The 32-year-old had already been asked to take a wage reduction from £375,000 to £200,000.
Then even that offer was pulled because it is clear manager Erik ten Hag is looking elsewhere.
But that search is being hampered by a limited transfer budget and the priority to get a new striker.
A Man Utd statement read: “David De Gea’s contract is due to run out but discussions remain open with the long-serving keeper.”
That has taken up nearly half the £120million they have available for players this summer due to financial fair play rules.
Another target Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is also out their range with the Italian Serie A champions asking for £150million for the 24-year-old Nigerian front man.
With a striker now the priority United have had to put on hold talks to get Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana at £40million.
United are desperate to get money in through sales to bolster their transfer kitty to resolve the situation.
All the while De Gea has been left in Limbo on the weekend of his wedding to long term partner Edurne Garcia.
De Gea, 32, racked up a club record for a goalkeeper of 545 appearances surpassing the previous highest set by 1968 European Cup winning legend Alex Stepney.
The physical nature of the English game seemed to overwhelm him and Sir Alex Ferguson needed to give him some time out.
But he had faith in the young Spaniard describing his detractors as ‘idiots’ and the faith was repaid.