The exit of Iker Casillas from Real Madrid has left a lot of questions to be answered. There are speculations that it is the ultimate move to bring over the much awaited Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to Bernabeu, a move which has lingered for quite a while.
Louis van Gaal, therefore is not taking chances, the Red Devils manager has set his sight roving all over Europe seeking a replacement for the 24 year old David when he finally leave.
It was understood that his key interest was Tottenham Hugo Lloris, but, lately the French national goal tender had a fractured wrist, an injury that will sideline him for months, hence LVG has decided to spread his net far and wide hoping for the big catch.
Cheznews took time to analyze the top six goalies that might end up manning the post when the 2015/2016 season starts.
First on the list is, Keylor Navas: Navas was impressive in a Costa Rica side that surprised many people at the 2014 World Cup and joined Real Madrid from Levante afterwards. However, reports are claiming he could be sent to United, along with Sergio Ramos, in a deal to bring De Gea back to Spain. However, just to complicate things further, centre-back Ramos has apparently been offered the captain’s armband at the Bernabeu putting the move on a doubt list.
Tim Krul: Another Dutch of class for Van Gaal to ponder.
Krul is another player who seemingly has a good relationship with Van Gaal going back to the 2014 World Cup. He is a key player at Newcastle, though, and with the Steven McClaren revolution in full swing, it may be tricky to prise Krul away. He’s an outsider to replace De Gea, but maybe Van Gaal would like the option of both him and Cillessen, in order to replace the latter with the former in case United concede a penalty.*winks*
Salvatore Sirigu: PSG goalkeeper could be tempted to come to Old Trafford when the deal drops.
“If he asks us for a departure because he believes that his Euro chances are under threat, then we will not oppose him,” Olivier Letang, PSG’s deputy sporting director said of the goalkeeper’s future. Sirigu has been at the club since 2011 when he joined from Palermo. Letang was speaking at the unveiling of PSG’s new goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp, who has arrived from Frankfurt to provide competition for the 28-year-old, a move the Italian considers risky and calamitous to his young career.
Victor Valdes: Victor is an embodiment of experience and knowledge of goalkeeping.
The 33-year-old joined for free in January, but could not dislodge David De Gea from the no.1 spot. Valdes is a great goalkeeper who won every major club honour he could during his time at Barcelona, but there are reports he was snapped up by United in order to make a profit from his sale. Van Gaal left him out of the club’s pre-season tour of America and Valdes has already been linked with Turkish club Antalyaspor, which his agent dismissed. “Victor is enthusiastic to have a place in the team for next season and is ready to give his best to help the team much more,” Gines Carvajal said. That may be difficult, though, with the latest and very surprising rumour linking him to Real Madrid. But Victor can be the ultimate option when every other move fails.
Jan Oblak: The exit of Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois from the Vicente Calderon was not really felt because of this Slovenian international, it will really take an extra effort for LVG to be able to tempt this young goal tender to come to Old Trafford.
The prospect of signing Atlético Madrid Jan Oblak is quite high on the list. The spotlight was on the 22-year-old Slovenia international in April following his Man of the Match display in the Champions League against Real Madrid due to a string of stunning saves. A deal may prove costly were United to make a move given he only joined Atletico from Benfica in 2014 for £12m, with reports linking Oblak to Old Trafford in a transfer said to be between £20m and £30m. His international team-mate Samir Handanovic is close to agreeing a new contract at Inter.
Jasper Cillessen: Van Gaal’s Dutch favourite an option.
As a result of Cillessen’s ties to Van Gaal, who made him the Netherlands’ no.1 at the World Cup, the 26-year-old is rumoured to be top of the manager’s shortlist to replace De Gea. Cillessen claimed to be aware of the speculation, but insists he has heard nothing from his agent.
And with the trend of the Dutch manager recruiting players he seem to be familiar or already worked with, both at club and national level, it is right to say that Cillessen might be the king to take over when David absconds the throne.