David de Gea, who parted ways with Manchester United last summer as a free agent, seems to be nearing the end of his search for a new club.
The Spanish goalkeeper’s departure from Old Trafford occurred after unsuccessful negotiations over a contract renewal, despite earlier suggestions that he had agreed to a new contract.
In the months following his exit from United, De Gea, previously with Atletico Madrid, has been associated with several teams in the Saudi Pro League. Al-Shabab has emerged as the most recent club showing interest in him.
According to MailOnline, discussions are underway between Al-Shabab and the 33-year-old for a potential move.
If he joins Al-Shabab, De Gea will be among other notable players at the club. They have already acquired Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco from Atletico Madrid last September and are close to signing Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla. The club is also rumored to be considering moves for Miguel Almiron from Newcastle and Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea.
Al-Shabab, based in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is a six-time champion of the Saudi Pro League. They currently hold the 11th position in the league, following a fourth-place finish in the previous season.
Previously, De Gea was linked with Al-Nassr, a club that gained significant attention after signing Cristiano Ronaldo over a year ago, which marked a significant step in the Pro League’s ambition to become a top global football competition.
The Saudi Pro League has been a destination for several prominent goalkeepers from Europe. Among them are Edouard Mendy, formerly of Chelsea, and Morocco’s Yassine Bounou, who joined Al-Ahli and Al Hilal, respectively.