How Manchester United Could Replace David De Gea Should The Spaniard Leave For Real Madrid

How Manchester United Could Replace David De Gea Should The Spaniard Leave For Real Madrid
May 3, 2017

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With the summer transfer window fast approaching, speculation has begun to soar over the future of Manchester United’s David De Gea. The Spanish number one has been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid and the speculation looks far from disappearing. If the rumours that Josè Mourinho is willing to let De Gea go are true, the club will have a major decision on their hands, who replaces him?

Jan Oblak

Could the Slovenian international follow the same path as David De Gea and move from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United this Summer? Since moving from Benfica in 2014 as a relatively unknown prospect, Oblak has quickly established himself as one of the world’s best keepers. Known for his fantastic shot-stopping, Oblak often pulls off superb saves in games and is often reminiscent of David De Gea himself. Arguably the best option available to Manchester United in the goalkeeping department, the shot-stopper wouldn’t come cheaply. It would more than likely take the activation of Oblak’s near €80million release clause to prise the keeper away from Atletico. However, at the age of 24, he would certainly be worth it.

Gigi Donnarumma

The boy wonder of AC Milan made his debut for the club aged 16 in 2015. Currently 18, with an ever-growing reputation, many believe Donnarumma will be the best keeper in the world in years to come. Standing at 6ft 5inches, the youngster is a towering presence in goal and possesses maturity far beyond his years. In just under two years, Donnarumma has impressed the world of football by making some incredible saves but also with his impressive distribution.

The exciting thing about the youngster is the fact he will get better and better and he is already an excellent goalkeeper as it is. Donnarumma will be out of contract with AC Milan in the Summer of 2018 and with a new contract not yet agreed it is thought he would cost around €40million. Manchester United enjoy excellent relations with Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, having signed three of his client’s last Summer, giving the club an advantage in any negotiations.

Jack Butland

If not for a terrible ankle injury, Jack Butland would be England’s number one by now. Having been out for over a year, Butland has recently returned to the Stoke City team and has picked up where he left off before his injury. The young keeper has made an impressive return to action showcasing that the injury has not affected his game at all.

Already proven in the Premier League, Manchester United would not need to worry about any adaptation to the physicality of the Premier League and there is no doubting Butland’s ability as a top Premier League keeper. Butland is arguably the safest option due to the Englishman’s experience of Premier League football.

Sergio Romero

Manchester United’s number two keeper was originally signed as David De Gea’s backup in the Summer of 2015 when the Spaniard looked set to join Real Madrid. Of course, De Gea remained at the club and Romero has been the understudy to United’s number one. This season the Argentine has been a steady reliable pair of hands between the sticks and has been vital in the Europa League this season. Romero has made several impressive and crucial saves in the Europa League to ensure the clubs progression to the semi-finals.

It is very rare that you see Sergio Romero make a mistake but is he the level United want and need as their number one keeper? An excellent backup option, but it remains to be seen if he could be depended upon to be the main man in goal throughout the course of a season.

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