The Sun have reported that Real Madrid—who had a move for De Gea aborted during the summer—remain keen on the Spain international and are prepared to activate the £30.5 million buyout clause in the stopper’s contract.
Intriguingly, the tabloid report that, with Los Merengues’ transfer ban as imposed by Fifa set to come into effect for the next two transfer windows, Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane is keen to press ahead for De Gea and bring the Red Devils keeper to the Bernabeu within the next two weeks.
While United would not immediately be caught short should De Gea leave—with both Sergio Romero and Victor Valdes on the books—arguably neither man is a long-term option.
The former appeared uneasy when given the opportunity at the beginning of the season, while Valdes has fallen out with Louis van Gaal and his contract comes to an end this summer [Mirror].
According to The Sun [as above], United assistant coach Ryan Giggs is understood to be keen on bringing Foxes stopper Schmeichel—whose father Peter was one of the Welshman’s teammates—to Old Trafford should De Gea leave, while the report intimates that Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic is also being considered.
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