Recent reports have claimed Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is a target for Real Madrid, with the 23-year-old tipped as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.
These rumours have been doing the rounds for quite some time, with some reports even claiming De Gea sees his future at the Bernabeu.
The longer the young Spaniard goes without signing a new deal at Old Trafford, the more the stories will circulate, with De Gea’s current deal expiring in the summer of 2016, at which point Casillas will be 35.
And yet there is one player who appears to have been completely forgotten in order to generate the best possible story. After all, Real Madrid brought in a player hailed as La Liga’s top stopper just this summer in the former of Keylor Navas.
The Costa Rica ‘keeper followed up his outstanding league displays with sterling work at the World Cup, and he subsequently swapped Levante for the Bernabeu in a bargain £8million deal.
At 27, he has years ahead of him and the La Liga experience to take over from Casillas when required.
Perhaps Real will continue with their rather bizarre habit of playing one stopper in the league and another in cup competitions, but neither De Gea nor Navas is likely to be particularly happy with that, both wishing to play every game possible.
So with Navas already in place and United likely to do everything in their power to keep their phenomenal goalkeeper at Old Trafford, perhaps this is another rumour to approach with scepticism.