Manchester United: Is Jose Mourinho Preparing for Life Without David De Gea?

Teddy Cutler
Manchester United: Is Jose Mourinho Preparing for Life Without David De Gea?

Manchester United has begun to look at replacements for goalkeeper David De Gea, according to a report.

United has faced a tough fight to hold onto the 26-year-old Spanish player in each of the last two summers. In 2015, it was only delayed paperwork in the final minutes of the summer transfer window that prevented De Gea from moving to Real Madrid.

Now The Independent claims United is looking at elite goalkeepers with the 2017 summer transfer window in mind, as it prepares for another possible bid from Real for De Gea.

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Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic is reportedly one target, as is AC Milan’s precociously talented 18-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma. Donnarumma was the youngest player ever to appear for Italy’s Under-21 side and already has three senior caps for his country.

Interestingly, the report notes that Mourinho would like Real’s international defender Raphael Varane, who could potentially be used as a makeweight in any deal that takes De Gea to the Spanish capital.

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