With David De Gea seemingly set for a move to Real Madrid, Manchester United must begin the search for a new goalkeeper.
United hoped De Gea would go on to emulate the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar, given his emergence as one of the English Premier League’s top goalkeepers this season.
With the lure of going back home to Spain proving to be too powerful, here are three goalkeepers who could replace De Gea at United:
Petr Cech, Chelsea
At 33 years old, the Czech Republic star should still have his best years ahead of him. With Thibaut Courtois set to be the main goalkeeper at Chelsea in the years to come, Cech’s pain could possibly become United’s gain.
He has been given permission to talk to other clubs, and there are many clubs looking to speak with him about a potential move. Cech is a four-time EPL winner and would bring experience to the United dressing room. United should do whatever it can to sign him.
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
He’s in pole position to be the man to replace De Gea. It has been reported that United will make an official enquiry for him, and he’s keen on a move.
Lloris, a sweeper-keeper with great agility, is one of the better goalkeepers in the EPL. He’s a goalkeeper deserving of a UEFA Champions League stage, and United can now offer him that. He’s been one of Tottenham’s best performers this season, so it will take a sizable fee to pry him away from Spurs.
Tim Krul, Newcastle United
He has a strong relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal after their time together with the Holland national team at last summer’s World Cup.
Krul was the penalty shootout hero in the quarterfinal victory versus Costa Rica and there has been interest from United. Krul, 27, is ambitious and would jump at the chance to work with van Gaal again. His form has suffered slightly this season amid Newcastle’s struggle for survival, and a change of scenery could be needed for a goalkeeper who has look destined for the top.