Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is being typically pragmatic about the impending loss of first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid, saying he has contingency plans in place.
Despite reports that De Gea has already agreed terms with the Spanish behemoths, United’s wily manager said they were still hopeful of tying the 24-year-old down to a bumper new deal.
However, Van Gaal did offer the caveat that replacements for the club’s player of the season were being scouted out.
“We have a list of goalkeepers who can replace him because we have to be organised always,” the Dutchman said.
Hugo Lloris, 28, Tottenham
This is a name which will not go away until United either sign the Spurs and France skipper, or until they snare a different big-name goalkeeper this summer.
Lilywhites fans would point to a slight dip in his world class standards this season, but constant links to Old Trafford may well have distracted the spring-heeled Frenchman.
In goalkeeping terms Lloris still has many more years to give and his desire to play Champions League football is no secret.
Bernd Leno, 23, Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen’s number one comes from a stable of extremely-talented young German stoppers and like Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has represented his national side at every youth level.
He became the youngest German goalkeeper ever to play a Champions League match back in 2011 and has since attracted interest worldwide, not least from Arsenal.
United will have to act quick to stop the Gunners’ mooted £13m move for Leno this summer.
Sergio Asenjo, 25, Villarreal
With 14 clean sheets in La Liga this season, the former Spain U21 stopper earned himself a first full call up to Vicente de Bosque’s squad in March.
Asenjo ranks only second to Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo in Squawka’s La Liga keeper rankings, helping Villarreal get to the quarter-finals of the Europa League this season.
The former Atletico Madrid man is heading in the right direction and could be the cheapest option.
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