Manchester United have extended David De Gea’s contract by another season to tie him to Old Trafford until 2020.
United were conscious that De Gea would have been free to talk to foreign clubs from January 1 because his contract was due to expire next summer.
Paris St German and Juventus are keen on the Spain No 1, who has been locked in contract talks with United since the summer.
United were keen to avoid the spectre of losing one of their best players in the summer on a Bosman and have bought themselves another 12 months in their attempts to persuade him to sign a new deal.
United have made some progress in negotiations and it is understood De Gea is prepared to extend his seven-year spell at Old Trafford if he is given a pay rise to match top earner Alexis Sanchez.
De Gea is believed to have rejected an offer of around £275,000-a-week and wants at least £300,000-a-week as his basic salary.
De Gea, 28, has seen United reward Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini will new deals recently and wants to feel valued by the club.
United are loathe to lose De Gea, who has easily been their most-consistent performer over the last few seasons.
By triggering the one-year extension in his current deal, United have given themselves more time to try and strike a deal with the Spaniard.
However they may still be forced to cash in on him next summer if talks remain deadlocked to avoid losing him for a reduced fee in January 2020 or for nothing in July 2020.