Manchester United are reportedly ready to shell-off a colossal £89 million in order to bring in reinforcements if they fail to hold onto their star goalkeeper, David De Gea.
The 27-year-old committed to the Red Devils until 2019 after a late fax on deadline day sabotaged his switch to Real Madrid back in 2015.
However, he has continued to remain on Los Blancos’ radar for all these years.
Furthermore, United boss Jose Mourinho too, has finally narrowed down his search to find a suitable player to fill De Gea’s shoes, if and when the former Atletico Madrid man decides to bid adieu to his current employers.
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According to the report by Spanish outlet Don Balon, Mourinho has identified Barcelona’s ace shot-stopper, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, as the top candidate for the role.
While the report states that the Old Trafford outfit could be willing to spend £89m, some rumours also claim that the English giants could go on to activate the mammoth £161m release clause to acquire the services of the German goalkeeper.
Ter Stegen, 25, has been impressive for Barca this season, and is at par with De Gea, with both goalkeepers having kept 19 clean sheets in all competitions.
However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague thinks that it might not come down to Ter Stegen moving to Old Trafford, as he believes De Gea might extend his stay in England.
Balague, while talking to Sky Sports (via Daily Star), said: “With regards to De Gea and Hazard… I think De Gea is close to renewing his contract at Manchester United. Hazard has been flirting with Real Madrid, who need new Galacticos. They will definitely go for Hazard but let’s see if they get him.”