Manchester United could release David de Gea when his contract expires at the end of the month, according to reports.
And the Spaniard’s preferred destination, should his time at United come to an end, has come to light ahead of another summer of changes under Ten Hag.
Concerns over whether De Gea is the right fit for Erik ten Hag’s vision intensified across the latter’s first campaign in charge.
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The 32-year-old has struggled to contribute to his desire to play out from the back with poor distribution, hesitant claiming of crosses and a lack of command in his position.
Costly mistakes were prominent as pressure ramped up throughout the season, turning his relationship with many supporters sour.
After 12 years as the Red Devils No 1, there is a widespread belief that Ten Hag must be ruthless and sign a new shot-stopper to match his long-term vision.
According to ESPN, that remains a possibility, given De Gea is yet to pen a new deal on reduced wages with less than three weeks before the keeper becomes a free agent.
The report claims that De Gea extending his stay at the club remains the likely outcome after verbally agreeing terms.
But with Ten Hag yet to sign a new deal, the Red Devils number one has pinpointed his preferred destination if he is forced to leave.
It is reported that De Gea would like to return to La Liga if he leaves on a free transfer this summer, over a decade after leaving Atletico Madrid.
Saudi Arabian teams have also been credited with an interest amid their ongoing hunt for some of the biggest stars in European football.