A pair of highly-regarded goalkeepers have today been touted as potential replacements for David de Gea at Manchester United.
David de Gea’s rise to stardom
28-year-old shot-stopper David de Gea made the move to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
The Rojiblancos youth product initially struggled to settle, though, with many having questioned whether or not de Gea would be capable of fulfilling his unquestionable potential under the bright lights of one of world football’s biggest clubs.
However, the years since have seen the Madrid native do just that, and more.
De Gea has established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet over recent seasons, cementing his status as Manchester United’s most important player, as well as an ever-present between the posts for Spain.
De Gea’s struggles
But, with United having, to this point, largely failed to capitalize on their shot-stopper’s brilliance in terms of securing meaningful silverware, de Gea has inevitably been linked with a possible departure from Old Trafford over the last couple of seasons.
And the alarming dip in form suffered by the former Atletico man over the final months of the recently-finished 2018/19 season has since only seen the speculation surrounding his future move up a notch, with French giants PSG long-touted as a potential destination.
3 – David de Gea has made three errors leading to goals in his last four games in all competitions for Manchester United – as many as in his previous 123 matches combined for the Red Devils. Sloppy. #MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/Tbq59cYSU7
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 28, 2019
Oblak or Lloris?
As such, with just 12 months remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford, United could be forced into a sale this summer, to ensure that the club secure some form of return for de Gea.
And, as mentioned above, reports across the media today suggest that the Red Devils are already on the lookout for a replacement for their no.1
First off, the Sun claim that the United hierarchy are ready to cash in on their shot-stopper, with Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris the club’s ‘main target’ to replace him.
How receptive Spurs would be to such an approach, however, remains to be seen.
ESPN, meanwhile, lead with an altogether different line, linking United with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
It is claimed that the highly-regarded Slovenian is considering his future in the Spanish capital amid broken promises over the direction that the club are headed in, with United one of a number of contenders for his signature.
ESPN go on to suggest that the lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season will not prove detrimental in United’s hopes of finding a deal for Oblak, with the 26-year-old keen to test his abilities in the Premier League.