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The Premier League champions have been spooked by Barcelona's interest in their star goalkeeper and are preparing a pay rise and contract extension to tie him to Old Trafford

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By Paul Clennam

Manchester United are preparing to offer David De Gea a pay rise and contract extension to ward off interest from Barcelona.

The 22-year-old was in fine form as the Red Devils stormed to their 20th league title last season, and the club are keen to tie him down for the long term.

De Gea currently earns 64,000 per week on a contract that expires in 2016, but United want to extend that for a further two years and bump his pay to 88,000 per week.

United will sit down with the Spaniard's representatives when he returns to pre-season training with the first team on Wednesday.

Following Victor Valdes' announcement that he will leave Camp Nou at the end of his contract in 2014, rumours surfaced in Spain that the Blaugrana would turn their attentions to the United shot-stopper.

Edurne Garcia, De Gea's girlfriend, stated in January that it is a "dream" for the goalkeeper to play for Barcelona, and United are concerned that they could lose their star goalkeeper.

The former Atletico Madrid man won the European Under-21 Championship with Spain this summer, and has been undertaking a personal training regime to stay in shape.

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