David De Gea is well on his way to becoming a Madridista if reports in the Spanish press are to be believed. The lack of game time and confidence shown in him by United boss Jose Mourinho in the closing stages of the season only adds fuel to the speculation. De Gea is set to follow in the footsteps of renowned greats such as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester for Real Madrid after building his career in England.
Spain’s No.1 David De Gea leaves a huge void in the United starting line-up, one that will take time getting used to, given the way the Spaniard has performed over the past 3-4 seasons. United’s Player of the Season 2014-15 and 2015-16 leaves United in deep crisis, especially with Jose Mourinho’s side set to feature in the Champions League next season.
We look at 5 potential goalies who United could bring in to replace the ‘Boy who was never United’s own’.
The Argentine looks set to don United’s No.1 shirt come August thanks to two primary reasons. He’s been in the wings for long and has the confidence of his manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho went on record last November to say that Sergio Romero was a professional as good as any, the boss used him in almost all Europa League matches and even the Final that United won 2-0. Romero has been through the club in thick and thin, just like De Gea and his work ethic may well see him cement his spot in the United starting XI.
Tipped to be Buffon’s successor in the Italian national side, Donnarumma is a dream catch for any side in the World right now. With AC Milan themselves paying huge wages to the Italian and big fishes like PSG, Barcelona and Juventus lurking to get his signature, it is too early to predict the 18-year-old’s possible destination. However, given the fact that Jose Mourinho’s sides have always gone into seasons with the best goalkeepers, United making a bid for this wonder kid would not surprise many.
Manchester City reject Joe Hart has two major factors playing to his advantage if he is to move to England. One, he’s Premier League proven and two, he’s hungry for redemption. Manchester United could cash in on the England No.1’s situation as City boss Pep Guardiola seems certain to see off Hart from the Etihad. City and United have seldom done business, the latest of them being Carlos Tevez, and a deal for the experienced Hart could ignite fireworks across the Premier League.
Real Madrid were in doldrums last summer after Iker Casillas was sold to Porto in controversial circumstances. With Real losing out on De Gea in the last minute, the season was tipped to be quite a traumatic one, when it came to their defence. Costa Rica national Keylor Navas proved critics wrong and how. Currently a Champions League winner with Real, Navas stood the test of doubters and proved his worth with consistent performances for the Madridstas throughout the season. The swap deal that was turned down last summer could well be on this summer, with Manchester United eyeing a move for Navas.
Kasper, the son of former United great Peter Schmeichel, has United running through his blood. With Peter assuming a more important role in the management at Old Trafford, Kasper could well be on his way in to the club where his father created history. Not to forget, he’s a Premier League winner with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City and has stood the test of time. He’s the first choice goalie for his country Denmark and speaks highly of United Boss Jose Mourinho. He may be the wild card that United turn to if they struggle to get in a good No.1 this summer.