Ex-Man United Goalie David De Gea in Talks With SPL Side Al Shabab

David De Gea with Manchester United in 2019
David De Gea with Manchester United in 2019. Photo by Ryan Browne/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10220690fn)

Former Man United goalkeeper David De Gea appears to be changing his mind about playing in the Saudi Pro League. According to multiple reports, De Gea recently engaged in talks with SPL side Al Shabab.

De Gea has been a free agent since his contract with Manchester United expired in the summer. The Spaniard rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia at the time, preferring to remain in Europe.

Since then, De Gea has been linked with multiple clubs, including La Liga’s Betis and Premier League’s Newcastle United, but neither move came to fruition. The 33-year-old player is still holding hopes to sign with a European club but reportedly has become more open to a move to Saudi Arabia as his options dwindled down.

Al-Shabab is currently sitting 11th in the Saudi Pro League standings. They already have several players who used to play in Europe, including former Wolverhampton Wanderers’ center back Romain Saïss and Belgian star winger Yannick Carrasco.

Aside from De Gea, the Al-Shabab is reportedly also targeting several big names. They are on the verge of completing a deal with Croatian veteran Ivan Rakitic while also targeting Fulham’s Andreas Pereira and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron. The club also approached manager Jose Mourinho shortly after he was sacked by AS Roma.

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