Real Madrid switch sights from Manchester United star to Neuer

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Real Madrid are reportedly ready to focus their attention on signing Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as an alternative to Manchester United's David de Gea, with Jose Mourinho looking to recruit a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

De Gea has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu over the past few days as the Spanish shot-stopper struggles to establish himself as Manchester United's No.1.

The 21-year-old moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011 for £18 million as Sir Alex Ferguson strived to replace Edwin van der Sar, but De Gea has found life tough at Manchester United since his switch from Atletico Madrid.

De Gea has since stated his intention to stay at Manchester United and prove he was worth the fee invested in his services.

Real Madrid will now reportedly switch their sights to Neuer, according to talkSPORT, with Mourinho scouring the market for the man to replace Los Blancos legend Casillas.

Neuer joined Bayern Munich from Schalke last year for a fee of £17 million and kept ten clean sheets in his first ten competitive games for the Bavarian giants.

Real Madrid are likely to have to spend a significant sum were they to formalise their interest in Neuer, who has made 35 appearances for Germany.

Casillas, meanwhile, has played 639 times for Real Madrid during 14 seasons at the Bernabeu, and seemingly has a few more years left with the Spaniard still aged only 31.

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