Who could replace David de Gea at Manchester United if the goalkeeper leaves for Real Madrid?

Luke Brown
The Independent
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Real Madrid are reportedly poised to rekindle their interest in Manchester United’s David de Gea this summer – two years after a deal to sign the goalkeeper fell through on transfer deadline day.

The 26-year-old has firmly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his six year stay at Old Trafford, but has repeatedly flirted with the idea of a move back to Madrid, having started his career at La Liga giants Atlético.

Real Madrid are eager to sign a world-class goalkeeper ahead of the 2017/18 season, especially given the number of high-profile mistakes made by Keylor Navas this season.

And a number of Spanish newspapers, including Marca and Don Balon, have suggested Real will once again test United’s resolve by bidding around £60m for the Spanish international.

Should Real be successful in tempting De Gea away from Old Trafford, there are a number of players Jose Mourinho could turn to as a replacement.

Navas' days at Madrid look numbered (Getty)
Navas' days at Madrid look numbered (Getty)

There is a strong possibility of Real offering Navas in part-exchange for De Gea, similar to the offer they made in 2015. But with the Costa Rican’s pedigree dropping in the last two seasons, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho would be open to such an offer.

AC Milan’s prodigiously talented 18-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma is a possibility, while the club may also move to hijack any attempt Manchester City make to sign Benfica’s Ederson.

Signing a goalkeeper from a Premier League rival would involve paying a premium, although United have long had an interest in Tottenham’s captain Hugo Lloris, and the Old Trafford hierarchy will have been buoyed by comments made by the Frenchman last week.

Llloris has refused to rule out leaving Spurs (NurPhoto via Getty)
Llloris has refused to rule out leaving Spurs (NurPhoto via Getty)

“I feel good at Tottenham, but in football everything's fragile and can change. Some things you can't refuse,” he told Le Figaro.

Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel and Stoke City’s Jack Butland are other options closer to home that United may well turn to.

Click through the gallery above to see the goalkeepers Jose Mourinho may consider to replace David de Gea.

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