De Gea Replacement Eyed
Manchester United scouts are keeping tabs on a number of goalkeepers as David De Gea drags his heels over a new contract.
The Spain international is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford but has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal worth £350,000 a week.
But while a report in The Sun On Sunday suggests the news is fuelling rumours over a possible exit for De Gea the truth is that United are keeping all their options open.
The Red Devils have an extensive scouting network all across Europe and players in every position are constantly scrutinised with scouts feeding back their reports to Old Trafford on a weekly basis. At the end of each season scouts in each country name their three best-rated players in each position so that United can turn to a replacement if and when they need to.
United have Sergio Romero as back-up with Dean Henderson out on loan at Sheffield United. Romero is under contract for two more seasons. Henderson is seen as one for the future although whether future will be at Old Trafford remains to be seen.
Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak is constantly being mentioned as a possible replacement for De Gea. However, his release fee of over £90 million would be a problem especially if United are forced to allow De Gea to go for nothing at the end of the season.
Dinamo Zagreb keeper Dominik Livakovic is also a possible candidate to replace De Gea. United will get the opportunity to watch the 24-year-old at close hand when the Croatian side play Manchester City in a Champions League clash at the Etihad early next month. Dinamo also take on Serie A side Atalanta and Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.