Five goalkeepers who could replace David de Gea at Manchester United

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Taking a closer look at potential candidates to replace Manchester United's current number one if the Spaniard moves on.

With doubts remaining over the future of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, the club’s manager Louis van Gaal recently told Sky Sports that he had a list of potential replacements for the Spaniard.

So who could United be looking at if De Gea does leave either this summer or at the end of his current contract?

Here we take a look at five potential candidates:

Asmir Begovic

If United are looking for a ‘keeper with Premier League experience and talent aplenty, they could do a lot worse than moving for Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic.

The 27-year-old has a contract that expires in the summer of 2016 and the Potters have a ready-made replacement in Jack Butland.

As reported by the Mirror earlier this month, discussions over a new deal have reached an impasse and while fresh talks are expected this summer, United could make their move if De Gea leaves.

Samir Handanovic

Samir Handanovic is a 30-year-old Slovenian international whose own contract situation is up in the air just as that of De Gea.

Currently on the books at Inter Milan, it would be no big surprise if he moved on this summer, and United would be getting a talented and vastly experienced player if they signed him.

That said, he has spent the majority of his career in Italy and signing a player unproven in England would be a risk.

Hugo Lloris

As a result, United may well make a bid for Tottenham Hotspur ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.

Yes the rumours have been around for some time, Spurs will not want to sell one of their star players and he has a deal until the summer of 2019, but of all the names on this list, he is surely the one United would be most desperate to sign if it came to that.

Keylor Navas

If De Gea does ultimately move to Real, they are in possession of a fine stopper who could make the move in the opposite direction.

Keylor Navas signed for Madrid after a string of outstanding performances for his former club Levante.

The 28-year-old has barely featured since moving to the Bernabeu but the Costa Rica international is too talented to sit on the bench week in, week out.

Like Handanovic he would be a risk but he might be one worth taking.

Victor Valdes

In one way, Victor Valdes is the most likely option to replace De Gea, but in another it seems highly unlikely.

At his best the former Barcelona man is a supremely good ‘keeper but his injuries have played their part in his downfall and it is questionable whether van Gaal would put all his faith in a 33-year-old who has gone so long without senior football.

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