Tuesday 21 November 2017

Manchester United line up a somewhat romantic replacement for David De Gea

David de Gea could be on his out of Old Trafford
David de Gea could be on his out of Old Trafford
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are lining up a move to sign Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel, as they prepare to find a replacement for Real Madrid-bound David De Gea.

Widespread reports suggest the son of United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel is one of their top transfer targets if De Gea seals his expected move back to Spain this summer, with the 30-year-old Dane likely to jump at the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps at Old Trafford.

Schmeichel signed a lucrative new contract with Leicester after he played a key role in their remarkable Premier League title triumph last season, but the prospect of a move to United would be impossible for him to turn down.

His recent move to sign up with agent Luca Bascherini is believed to have improved his hopes of a dream move to United, with the Italian deal maker well connected among the Old Trafford hierarchy, with movement over finding a replacement for De Gea picking up in recent days.

Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak was rumoured to be a target for United last week, but a move for Schmeichel would suit all parties and put a very famous name from the club’s past back on the team-sheet for next season.

Meanwhile, it seems increasingly likely that the deal to sell De Gea to Real Madrid is nearly a conclusion, with the keeper reportedly telling United chiefs last month that he wanted to end his six-year stay in Manchester.

De Gea was within touching distance of a move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, only for an administrative ending the Spanish club’s hopes of getting the necessary documentation lodged ahead of the transfer deadline.

There should be no repeats of that scenario this summer and with De Gea entering the final month of his United career, Schmeichel could be the replacement filling his shoes next season.

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