It is no rumour that Real Madrid might try again to sign Manchester United first choice goalkeeper David De Gea.
The Spaniard could have been playing for the Los Blancos for two years running now had the last deal gone through. Real Madrid submitted their bid for the player but a clerical error stopped the deal from going through.
With the club set to compete in the transfer market after their embargo was lifted, Madrid would chase a deal with its former coach Jose Mourinho for De Gea. De Gea has established himself as one of the best hands in the game, and with age and looks by his side he makes a great buy for Madrid – a side known for their commercial genius.
Mourinho has his reputation at Old Trafford at stake so he would not sell without getting a capable replacement. We look at like keepers Mourinho can replace De Gea with.
Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak. The 24-year old played a crucial role in the La Liga side last year. He has high release clause but he is allegedly at the top of Mourinho’s list. He has been decent this year as well. If Oblak’s release clause of £85million cannot be negotiated to a mutually convenient price, there is the option of Sergio Romero who is the second choice.
Romero has been playing in the cups all season and his records are not bad. The confidence boost in being number one could help him perform better in the biggest of games.
Mourinho could do a player plus cash swap deal for Keylor Navas. The Costa Rica international was in the player plus deal proposed in 2015 and it could be maintained this time around.
AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma is another option. The 18-year old has remained the first choice for the past two years. He won’t come cheap for the Red Devils either.
In England, there’s Kasper Schmeichel, 30, of Leicester City or Mourinho could snap Vito Mannone’s replacement at Sunderland Jordan Pickford as a backup for Romero.