Manchester United may bring in some household names this summer but they will have huge problems in replacing David de Gea if he does make a move to Real Madrid. At club the size of Manchester United would not want to sell its best players and De Gea has been head and shoulders above the rest of for the last two seasons.
At 24 he’s coming into his prime but the fact that he’s let his contract run down has left alarm bells ringing at Old Trafford.
But latest reports in Spain suggest that there could still be hope for those wanting De Gea to stay at Manchester United.
Marca reports that Real Madrid are looking at De Gea alternatives, which would suggest that a deal is far from over the line.
The idea of bringing Leno on board is still very much alive for two reasons. The first is because he is the alternative if Manchester United decide that De Gea is not for sale. The second is that if Iker Casillas decided to leave, the club would consider a complete spring-cleaning of the Real goal and bring in a new set of keepers.
When Ronaldo left the Manchester United fans remained optimistic that they could pull another rabbit out of the hat and find a replacement who was as good. But the reality is that players of this quality are sometimes impossible to replace. Manchester United could sign a good stopper in the summer. But they simply won’t find one as good as De Gea. So they will hope that they can hold on to their star man – that would surely represent some of the best transfer news of the summer.