Manchester United seem to have identified a shock replacement for their star goalkeeper, David De Gea.
The Spanish international has been reluctant to extend his stay at the Theatre of Dreams, and is reportedly prepared to run down his current contract with the Mancunian outfit before making a firm decision regarding his future.
Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho himself has admitted that he isn’t confident of holding onto the talented shot-stopper, having recently admitted (via Sky Sports): “I am not confident. I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.
“Only the club, David, and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
The 27-year-old has long been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, but with the Galacticos luring in Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer, rumours of David’s return to the Spanish capital have finally died down.
Meanwhile, United themselves have begun preparing for the worst case scenario. According to The Sun, the Mancunians have identified Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan as a potential candidate to replace De Gea between the sticks at Old Trafford.
Ryan, who was named the best goalkeeper in Belgium during each of his two seasons at Club Brugge, has been just as impressive for Brighton since his £5 million move from Valencia in July 2017.
The 6ft 2in custodian still has 3.5 years left on his current contract with the Seagulls, but Manchester United could surely sign the 26-year-old up if they pursue him seriously enough.