With all this speculation surrounding the future of David de Gea, reports over the weekend have suggested that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will now allow the player to leave, in order to avoid further squad unrest before the new season.
So far De Gea has kept his mouth shut, save for the odd cryptic comment here and there.
He’s a class act and no one should understate the impact of losing such a player.
He is not only a physics defying shot stopper and a goalkeeper who holds on to nearly everything that comes at him, no matter how fast.
But The Spaniard is also a superb distributor of the ball – a perfectionist who recycles the ball quickly and with great precision.
And there are surely several outfield players at Manchester United who can’t hit a pass as well as this lad.
Sergio Romero is a decent and experienced player. But let’s not pretend that he is a substantial solution if United lose De Gea.
The club needs a heavyweight keeper with Premier League experience – otherwise they will undoubtedly be waiting for another season for silverware.
With Asmir Begovic now at Chelsea, Manchester United simply must sign Hugo Lloris.
Is he as good as De Gea? Possibly not.
But is he good enough for Manchester United? Definitely.
He’s a solid, aggressive and confident international who will save United points and organise his defence.
Manchester United fans will be gutted to lose De Gea.
But that disappointment will be massively compounded if the club doesn’t sign a top replacement.
Lloris has to be that man.