According to a report from Football.London, they have compiled a list of players for whom SkyBet is currently providing odds. Mauricio Pochettino has shown a keen interest in former Brentford player Roger Sanchez as his number one goalkeeper. However, Chelsea are considered a 16/1 outsider in the race to potentially secure David De Gea, which could intensify competition for his fellow Spanish compatriot.
De Gea’s Surprising Exit From Manchester United
David De Gea had a very good 2022/23 season in the Premier League. He played in 35 of Manchester United’s 38 games, keeping 17 clean sheets and conceding 40 goals. This means that he kept a clean sheet in almost half of Man United’s league fixtures.
De Gea also made 101 saves in the Premier League last season, which is the fourth most of any goalkeeper in the league. This shows that he is still one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, and that he is capable of making saves that other goalkeepers would not be able to. On top of that, the former Man United shot stopper maintained a pass accuracy of 68% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).
Due to his impressive run of form he won the 2022/23 Premier League Golden Glove but following the win, the footballing community was taken aback by David De Gea’s departure from Manchester United over the summer. The Red Devils acquired Andre Onana as his replacement. Nonetheless, it is also astonishing for some that the 32-year-old goalkeeper remains without a club for the current season.
Should Pochettino Bring Him To Chelsea?
David De Gea boasts a remarkable record of achievements and has long been regarded as one of the world’s top goalkeepers. His vast experience in top-level competitions could provide invaluable guidance for Chelsea’s squad, especially for young talents like Robert Sanchez.
Healthy competition between goalkeepers often brings out the best in them. De Gea’s arrival could challenge Sanchez to raise his game, fostering healthy competition and ultimately improving the squad’s overall quality.
However, the only concern that the Blues might have would be regarding his substantial wages which could pose a financial burden on the West London club. Acquiring De Gea would likely make the West London club pay a significant wage, which Chelsea might allocate more effectively to strengthen other positions in the squad. If Mauricio Pochettino could negotiate a reasonable salary with the Spanish shot stopper then we could possibly see him at Stamford Bridge next year.