United Have Already Identified A Replacement Goalkeeper For De Gea
Manchester United are preparing for life without David de Gea after reports have emerged that the club have identified a potential replacement.
The 28-year-old Spanish shot-stopper’s contract is expected to expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign and he has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
While the Red Devils are hoping that the Spain international signs a new deal, they are ready to move for one player should de Gea decide to leave the club.
According to the Daily Record, United would want to sign Jasper Cillessen in the summer.
The 30-year-old Dutch shot-stopper has played second fiddle to Marc-André ter Stegen, who has well and truly established himself as the number one choice under Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.
The Netherlands international is frustrated by his lack of first-team football at the Spanish club and would find himself playing regular football under United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
While Cillessen has a contract that runs until 2021 and the Spanish newspaper said he is valued at €25m to €30m, the Red Devils could push a move ahead in this transfer window should they activate his €60m release clause.
Barcelona signed Cillessen from Ajax in 2016 for an initial fee of €13m, but he has been unable to establish himself as a regular at the Camp Nou.
The former Ajax shot-stopper, who had been linked with Benfica, has confirmed his desire to leave the club in the summer.
“First, I will go on vacation after the final phase of the Nations League,” he said.
“Then I hope to have a new club where I can play, because I want to play.”
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already confirmed that the club’s hierarchy will support Solskjær in the transfer window with the funds needed to overhaul his squad.
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