Despite claims from the player himself that he’s not looking to move and his close ties with Atletico Madrid, David de Gea has been consistently linked with Real Madrid over the course of the past few weeks.
The European champions are keen to snap up the Spaniard either in January or at the end of the season as they look to replace Iker Casillas, with a big money raid in the pipeline.
Manchester United are desperate to hold onto the stopper, but, like any wise football club, plans are said to be in place should he leave, with Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris now the prime candidate to step in. Would this deal make sense?
We think so, and here are FIVE reasons why…
Real Madrid are rumoured to be ready to pay around £30m for De Gea, while Lloris is available for £20m-£25m. United may not be in desperate need of cash, yet making a profit could be wise given that the club spent £150m over the summer – the highest total splashed by a team in one transfer window ever. The Frenchman is also unlikely to command wages greater than his potential predecessor, which makes the deal financially appealing, too.
De Gea may not actually leave, but if he does, getting in a player that knows the Premier League could be vital. Although football is football in any country, the English game is more physically demanding than most nations’ offerings, which is often a problem for goalies. United’s current No. 1 himself struggled when he arrived in 2011, with opponents taking advantage of his wiry frame and lack of presence. The Red Devils won’t want to make the same mistake again.
As the captain of the French national side, Lloris knows a thing or two about being a big influence in the pitch. Les Bleus may not be the force they were at the turn of the millennium, yet their World Cup showing over the summer was impressive, and Lloris himself has the armband ahead of a host of top-class players. United need leadership at the back to help cut out silly errors, and a commanding ‘keeper could inspire confidence among the backline at Old Trafford.
Ballon d’Or finalist Manuel Neuer is undoubtedly the best ‘front foot’ goalkeeper, but Lloris is not too far behind him. The Spurs man is adept at charging off his line to cut out through balls and smother opposition strikers, which allows his team to deploy a high backline. United may benefit from his presence, with dominating possession a trait the Red Devils have shown over the last 20 years, particularly at Old Trafford.
Lloris’ new contract last summer was, perhaps, a move made by player and club with a view to a switch this summer. Spurs want to maximise their profit, while the player himself is known to be keen on Champions League football. If United can finish in the top four they may have little trouble convincing Lloris to head away from White Hart Lane. However, PSG and Monaco are likely to be interested as well.