5 possible replacements for David de Gea if he joins Real Madrid
David de Gea has evolved into Manchester United’s superstar after enduring a difficult start to his career in England. The Spanish shot-stopper is the Red Devils’ most prized possession and has been their most consistent as well as most important member of the squad in recent times.
His contributions haven’t gone unnoticed though as he has been named Manchester United’s Player of the Year two times in a row and was also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, only to lose out to Eden Hazard.
The former Atletico Madrid player is sure to be the future custodian for Spain and is easily one of the best keepers in the world on current form. His endeavours have attracted the interest of European giants Real Madrid and Los Blancos are rumoured to be making a move for the 24-year-old to replace or provide an upgrade over their current goalkeepers.
If Manchester United do lose De Gea to Real Madrid, then it will be a big blow for them and they should make an informed and wise decision in replacing him. So here are five players Manchester United should look at to replace De Gea if he moves to Real Madrid.
NOTE: This article only focuses on players who can be bought to replace David de Gea and so Victor Valdes has not been considered.
For Tottenham Hotspur, Hugo Lloris has been as important as Harry Kane throughout the season, but the Frenchman doesn’t get the same level of appreciation as the English forward does because he is a goalkeeper, along with the fact that he isn’t English.
Tottenham’s defensive record and number of clean sheets kept don’t do justice to Lloris’ performances in any manner, but if you look at the number of saves Lloris has to make per game, it is far more superior than almost all top goalkeepers.
Lloris is a keeper on par with the best in the game, but unlike the others, the French Captain doesn’t play for a Champions League club and won’t play in the elite competition for another year if he remains at Spurs. Aged 28, Lloris has not won many honours and will be keen to move to a club where he has a better chance of winning major trophies and for this reason he will be open to a move to Manchester United.
From United’s perspective, Lloris is a top notch keeper with experience in the league and can easily walk into the first team and replace De Gea.
Germany is home to many quality goalkeepers and Bernd Leno is yet another class act to have emerged from the country. The Bayer Leverkusen shot stopper is just 23 years old and is an ever improving player who will soon compete with the likes of Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the right to succeed Manuel Neuer in a few years time.
Leno joined Leverkusen on loan in 2011 as the club were struggling with injuries to German International Rene Adler. During Adler’s absence, Leno established himself as a regular starter for the club and kept three clean sheets in his first three matches. He later became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in the UEFA Champions League.
He continued to be Leverkusen’s first choice keeper even after Alder returned from injury and eventually his performances forced Adler out of the club and that speaks volumes about the ability of Leno, as Adler was also a top keeper.
The German could be tempted to move to a club like Manchester United easily and buying Leno will be beneficial for United as he is a year younger than De Gea and could go on to become their long-term solution in goal if the Spaniard chooses to leave.