The whole David De Gea to Real Madrid story looks set to take up the back pages of the newspapers for the next month or so. Whilst a move back to Spain is becoming increasingly more likely, per the BBC, attention turns to who Louis Van Gaal will look to bring in as a replacement.
Hugo Lloris is an obvious choice as one of the outstanding 'keepers in the Premier League. With Tottenham Hotspur having failed to break into the top four, the French custodian may owe it to himself to look for Champions League football.
However, with Victor Valdes waiting in the wings patiently at Old Trafford, do United even need a direct replacement for De Gea? Valdes is only 33 years old, plenty of years left in him as a goalkeeper. There is no doubting his ability; with his countless accolades proving that he is one of the finest number ones around in the last decade. A record five times he has won the Zamora trophy, an award given to the goalkeeper of the year in Spain by Spanish newspaper Marca.
Six La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, Valdes certainly wouldn't have any issue with the pressure of being number one at Manchester United. He has another year on his contract, but if the departure of De Gea is confirmed, United would expect a big signing to come in as his replacement.
Supporters would be devastated to see De Gea leave after an outstanding season, which will see him sweep up at the club's player of the season awards on Tuesday night. Lloris would appease those supporters after an impressive three years at White Hart Lane. However, he still has four years remaining on his contract at the club, and Spurs will be doing all they can to hold onto him.
Javier Hernandez has had an indifferent spell on loan at Real Madrid this season, and is set to return to Manchester United this summer. He has already been linked with moves to Everton and West Ham United, according to The Mirror. 'Chicarito' has been a great poacher throughout his career and has scored many crucial goals for United.
His talent has been witnessed in the Premier League since his arrival in 2010. There will be a long line of clubs with the 26-year-old on their wish list for this summer. If United do end up going for Lloris, though, then Hernandez should be used as part of the offer.
Spurs have been extremely thankful for Harry Kane's surprising form this season, but behind him Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have offered little. Hernandez would be a great addition and would go a long way into tempting them to sell Lloris. Ideally they would like both, but it may come down to Lloris' intentions, and one would think a move to United, now back in the Champions League, would be hard to resist.