David De Gea is considering a return to the English Premier League (EPL). Newcastle, not his hometown club Manchester United, is the latest team to show interest.
Newcastle are considering a shock move for De Gea and he is an option to replace the injured Nick Pope, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
De Gea left United at the end of the 2022-2023 season. United had planned to re-sign the midfielder last season, but he left the club as manager Eric ten Haggis pushed for the signing of Andre Onana. After 12 years at the club, De Gea had to say goodbye to the club without a proper goodbye to the fans.
Onana’s mistakes this season have been plentiful, leading to speculation that De Gea could return to the club. Onana has been criticized for not being able to make even routine saves, and fans have expressed their nostalgia for De Gea. De Gea was the last goalkeeper to keep the most clean sheets in the Premier League in the 2022-2023 season. Since then, Onana’s possible withdrawal from the Africa Cup of Nations and reports of De Gea meeting with Bruno Fernandes have left fans clamoring for his return. However, aside from United, Spanish clubs including Real Betis are also keen on De Gea and it is not clear where he will end up.
However, it wasn’t United who really wanted De Gea back. Newcastle, who were without their first-choice goalkeeper due to injury, were in the running for De Gea.
Newcastle had just lost Nick Pope to injury against United. In the 41st minute of the second half, Pope threw his body out to block a ball and injured his shoulder in the process. Reports have emerged locally that Pope’s injury is not a minor one and that he is expected to miss at least four months if he undergoes surgery.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said: “Pope has made some great saves since coming to Newcastle, at times he has made games look easy, his saves have been incredible and he is a tremendous player. Maybe it’s an underrated quality nowadays, but for me the most important thing as a goalkeeper is the ability to keep the ball out of the net, that’s what they get paid for. He’s very good at it and it’s his strength,” he said of Pope. Pope has been a constant presence in Newcastle’s goal, including a stunning save in the Champions League group stage against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). 보스토토
“It’s disappointing,” Howe said of Pope’s absence, “I think he’s dislocated his shoulder. “It looks like his arm is still moving, probably, and the shoulder has come out of the joint. We’ll have to get a specialist’s opinion and see what happens, but it doesn’t look good. It’s too early to tell how long you’ll be out. You had shoulder pain, it’s gone, but you need a second opinion. It’s not good.” Pope has previously missed around five months with Burnley due to a dislocated shoulder and surgery. However, some reports have suggested that Pope’s absence is not yet confirmed.