David de Gea is the clear first-choice stopper for United, but he has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford in the coming months, as per the Daily Mail, as he holds off signing a new contract. Valdes is a brilliant back-up choice to have, and he could easily make the grade in the starting XI if de Gea were to leave the club.
However, Spanish media outlet Marca is claiming that with Madrid said to be tracking de Gea’s availability, United are considering one of Los Blancos’ stoppers in return - Keylor Navas.
The Costa Rican international only signed for Madrid in the summer, having put in a series of top class performances for his country at the 2014 World Cup. Formerly of Levante, the 28-year-old signed for a €10 million fee, which was the buyout clause in his contract, and has since made just seven appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s men - conceding seven goals and keeping two clean sheets.
Yet, if United had their way, Navas could have been playing at Old Trafford this season, instead of the Bernabeu. In the same Marca article that reports on their interest, it is claimed that Louis van Gaal attempted to sign Navas last summer, prior to his move to Real. The Dutch coach is said to be a big fan of him, and that has led to the potential move for him this summer, making up for the potential loss of de Gea.
The article states that Navas’s contract runs until 2016, but, with first-team football hard to come by, and Real’s reported interest in de Gea, the Costa Rican stopper could be looking to leave this summer - with the Red Devils prepared to take advantage.