With David De Gea’s future likely to be away from Manchester United, Louis van Gaal must decide who to make his number one next season.
David De Gea is yet to inform Manchester United about his future but there is a strong chance that he will leave the club this summer after a stunning season.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is set to leave his boyhood club to make way for his 24-year-old compatriot, per Spanish broadcaster TVE, with De Gea willing to turn down a lucrative £200,000-a-week deal which United have offered him, according to the Daily Mail.
That figure eclipses what Madrid would be willing to pay him but the lure of the city he was born in and a club with Real’s stature is likely to be too much to resist. These opportunities don’t come around too often.
With long-term goalkeeperCasillas on the verge of leaving the club to make way for a new face, De Gea’s departure from Old Trafford becomes more likely by the day.
Should De Gea decide to leave, Louis van Gaal has a major decision to make regarding the number one spot at Old Trafford. The Spaniard has completely monopolised the role since he joined the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011, so finding a replacement will not be easy.
Victor Valdes was brought into the club in January as he completed his recovery from a long-term serious knee injury and Van Gaal is reportedly ready to seriously consider making him his number one.
Valdes was a Barcelona stalwart before he was struck down with the injury but he appears to have fully recovered and his big personality has made a massive impact on the dressing room.
With alternative options Hugo Lloris and Petr Cech looking like they will be hard to obtain from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively, despite being heavily linked by the likes of the Express, United may be forced into promoting Valdes rather than recruiting a De Gea replacement.
The 33-year-old stopper has all the experience to make the role his own, the only question mark is whether he will ever be able to reach his top form again after such a long spell on the sidelines, but Van Gaal appears willing to take that risk.