Manchester United eye Hugo Lloris as possible David De Gea replacement

Hugo Lloris

Manchester United could make a move for Hugo Lloris - if David De Gea leaves the club.

After a tough start to life in England, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea finally proved his doubters wrong last season, winning United's player of the season award in what was otherwise dismal campaign for the Red Devils.

The Spaniard has been the star player for Louis van Gaal's men this season too, turning in a number of outstanding displays between the sticks.

However, his contract is set to expire in 18 months, and with reports emerging that contract extension talks have stalled, Real Madrid are lurking with intent.

As the heir to Iker Casillas at international level, it's believed that Real want to bring De Gea back to the Spanish capital as Casillas's heir at club level too.

There's a possibility that the reigning Champions League winners will make a bid for De Gea this summer, and van Gaal needs to have contingency plans in place for that potential situation.

According to the Daily Star, United and van Gaal have identified Tottenham's Hugo Lloris as the perfect replacement for De Gea, should the 24-year-old leave Old Trafford.

Lloris, France's first choice goalkeeper, is one of the few star players at White Hart Lane, but is reportedly keen to make a return to Champions League football - something United have a much better chance of attaining than Spurs right now.

The report suggests that Tottenham would be seeking for a fee in the region of £25m for Lloris, which is probably around the amount that the Red Devils would get for De Gea.

The 27-year-old would be a great replacement for De Gea, but United would surely rather keep their star stopper in goal rather than have to replace him.

The situation over De Gea is fluid at Old Trafford at this stage, but expect contract negotiations to intensify in the coming weeks and months - and if there's no movement, they may look towards Lloris.

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