Reports from Spain have ignited excitement among La Liga fans as former Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is in advanced talks with a potential return to the league
One might wonder how this can be possible, given that the registration period for playing in European competitions has passed. The answer lies in the unique situation of free agents who can participate in domestic leagues across Europe and even join European squads during the winter break.
De Gea has been without a club since parting ways with Manchester United and has notably resisted offers from Saudi Arabia. Instead, he appears to have a strong preference for a return to La Liga, a desire that Real Betis can fulfill.
The urgent need for a top-quality goalkeeper at Betis became glaringly evident following their recent 5-0 loss to Barcelona, a match where their vulnerabilities in defense were ruthlessly exposed. Currently, the squad relies on veteran former Manchester City player Claudio Bravo and Portuguese stopper Rui Silva as the only two senior goalkeeper options.
Fichajes.net reports that “the possibility of signing a player of De Gea’s quality at zero cost is an opportunity [Betis] do not want to miss.” However, one potential hurdle in the negotiations could be De Gea’s salary expectations. Once the world’s highest-paid goalkeeper, he may need to accept a significant pay cut to fit within the financial structure of Real Betis.
Nonetheless, as Fichajes.net points out, De Gea, at 32 years old, is running out of options, and if his priority is to play football in La Liga, the proposed offer from Betis could be one of the best opportunities available to him. Valencia has also shown interest, but they are reportedly struggling to put together a competitive package.