The Red Devils’ Spanish stopper has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for much of the summer and was dropped from the matchday squad for the opening game of the new Premier League season as a result of the transfer speculation.
Should De Gea leave, United will be short of options, with newbie Sergio Romero set to be only senior ‘keeper LVG can call upon after he axed Victor Valdes from his senior squad.
Reports have suggested that Ajax’s Cillessen – whom Van Gaal made his No.1 when in charge of the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup – is his major target, even though he famously subbed the goalie ahead of a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final in Brazil against Costa Rica (a game the Oranje won).
And Schmeichel – widely hailed as one of United’s finest ever goalkeepers – believes that signing Lloris ahead of Cilliessen would be the best move for his club:
“Cillesen is a good goalkeeper but, if you go back to the World Cup, they [Holland] took him off ahead of a penalty shoot-out [against Costa Rica].” He told talkSPORT.
“That tells you there is something there and that [Dutch manager at the time] Van Gaal doesn’t trust him 100 per cent. I wouldn’t like a goalkeeper like that at Manchester United.
“I’d like Lloris to go there, he fits the bill. He’s exactly what Man United needs, someone who’s brave enough to sweep up. With [Thibaut] Courtois he is one of only two keepers who controls their box and that’s what United need more than anything.
“And he’s proven in the Premier League and that’s very important.”