Latest David De Gea next club odds: Ronaldo reunion still a real possibility

The David De Gea next club odds market remains an open race with the Spanish goalkeeper still surprisingly unattached, even more than four months after leaving Manchester United.

His former club have been linked with a move back for the 33-year-old, although there’s also still the prospect of a different kind of reunion, in the form of a potential move to Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr where former United star Cristiano Ronaldo now plies his trade.

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David De Gea next club odds – Latest news

A new potential destination emerges

Over the past few days, Real Betis has emerged as another possible short-term solution for David De Gea as he seeks to find a new club and start playing football again with reports suggesting that talks have taken place.

They are in the top half of La Liga, but are currently without their two strongest goalkeepers due to injuries. Rui Silva and Claudio Bravo missed Sunday’s Seville derby with inexperienced Fran Vieites coming in for his first ever top flight start, and De Gea would be seen as a possible quick fix for their issues between the sticks.

Onana struggles fuel talk of United return for De Gea

The difficult start to life that Andre Onana has experienced at Old Trafford has led to speculation that Manchester United could perform a massive U-turn by turning back to David De Gea given his status as a high-profile free agent.

Even if Onana starts to settle, the Cameroon international will still head off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, which would leave the Red Devils short in the goalkeeper department.

Onana after 4-3 Copenhagen defeat
Andre Onana was helpless as Man Utd fell 4-3 to Copenhagen on UCL matchday four. (Photo by Andrew SURMA/ SIPA USA). – Photo by Icon sport

David De Gea next club – Current outrights

Manchester United (3/2)

Incredibly given his departure from the club only earlier this year, Manchester United are the favourites to be David De Gea’s next club. Onana’s slow start is clearly a factor, but it’s also perhaps a reflection of the overall state of affairs at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag starting to feel the heat.

It would be hard to see De Gea returning if the Dutchman remains in charge, but should a new manager show up in Manchester with a slightly different footballing philosophy, a return for De Gea would not be out of the question at all.

Many Manchester United fans would welcome him back with open arms having not had the chance to say a proper goodbye, with the experienced keeper failing to agree terms on a new deal earlier this year.

Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League was the first statement of intent
A Ronaldo reunion would be a mouthwatering prospect if links to Al Nassr come to fruition. (Photo by Icon Sport)

Any Saudi Pro League club (3/1)

While his stock may have fallen slightly in recent years, David De Gea would still expect the kind of salary that few clubs in European football could afford, certainly when it comes to a longer-term deal.

That immediately makes Saudi Arabia seem like a much more plausible destination for De Gea. That is despite him reportedly turning down a move to the Saudi Pro League in September, despite the best attempts of Cristiano Ronaldo to convince his old teammate to move to Al Nassr.

Two months on and with De Gea still unemployed, but the prospect of the former Atletico Madrid and Manchester United keeper moving to Saudi Arabia cannot completely be discounted and that’s reflected in the odds above.

Real Betis (4/1)

Real Betis was the big mover in the David De Gea next club market this weekend. Managed by Manuel Pellegrini, the Seville club are by no means the wealthiest in La Liga, but the chance to move back to Spain is believed to be a major motivating factor for De Gea and his Spanish wife.

Few clubs could afford to go anywhere near matching his United salary, but Real Betis recently managed to finance the signing of Isco on a free transfer, which has helped the former Real Madrid man successfully relaunch his career. Their current injury issues in goal suggest a similar kind of move for De Gea could be an option.

See also: Which of De Gea's ex teammates could be heading to West Ham soon?


Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.