Who could replace De Gea at Manchester United?

De Gea to leave for Madrid? – dailystar.co.uk

Though David De Gea remains a Manchester United player, his big-money departure has always been a case of when, rather than if. Real Madrid are a club close to his heart and have long needed a world-class replacement for Iker Casillas, who left for Porto in 2015.

The Red Devils must prepare for life without their inspirational number one, but may prove difficult to directly replace him with a goalkeeper of the same quality. There are only three or four world-class stoppers in the world (maybe 30 if only Old Trafford performances counted) and they are already at big clubs. Any move for Jan Oblak may be complicated by Atletico Madrid’s reluctance to sell with a transfer ban, while Gianluigi Donnarumma may be too young at 18 to step into the role.

Sergio Romero has only conceded five goals in 14 games this season, but has not been tested against the highest calibre of opposition. Should he play in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo, plus potentially the final, his performances may give us a better indication of whether he is ready to fill the void.

A good goalkeeper to compete with Romero may be Kasper Schmeichel, in a move that would be sensible as much as romantic. The Dane has achieved some great things in the game over the last two years, including last season’s title win with Leicester. Bar N’Golo Kante, now at Chelsea, he has been perhaps the only member of that title-winning team whose performance levels have not dropped since last season. Schmeichel’s heroics against Seville in the Champions League last sixteen allowed the Foxes a place in the quarter-finals.

United need a replacement for De Gea – Romero and Schmeichel could be the answer.