Manchester United are making contingency plans to replace David de Gea if the Spaniard leaves in the summer, according to ESPN.
The website adds that Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is being lined up as De Gea does indeed decide to leave Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old is out contract in around a year's time and is yet to commit his future to the club amidst reports that Real Madrid are lining up a swoop in the summer.
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There are also doubts over Lloris' future at White Hart Lane too, with the suggestion that the Frenchman has grown tired after three seasons since joining from Lyon without Champions League football. Now it seems as though Manchester United may be willing to offer him just that by lining him up as a replacement for De Gea.
Both 'keepers have been amongst the best in the Premier League this season, and Lloris could offer Manchester United more assurances at the back because of his tendency to come off his line and play with the ball at his feet.
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ESPN report that Lloris is open to a switch to Old Trafford and there has already been contact between the Red Devils and the player's representatives.
Their priority as things stand is to try and persuade De Gea to remain in Manchester but his reluctance to sign a new contract suggests he could be heading towards the exit. Recent reports suggest that Real Madrid are still working behind the scenes to make a deal happen this summer, and the Spanish giants are growing increasingly confident of getting their man.
One interesting aspect of Madrid's interest in De Gea is the fact that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is keen on landing Gareth Bale. The Welshman has had a difficult season at the Bernabeu an been booed by some of his own fans for his performances - however Bale has insisted that he is happy to stay put for now.
ESPN say that Manchester United may try and use Madrid's interest in De Gea as leverage to get Bale to Old Trafford. The Red Devils' hopes of getting Bale remain high enough for now that they are stalling on a move for PSV youngster Memphis Depay who has been heavily linked with a summer switch to the Premier League.
Hugo Lloris would be a perfect replacement for De Gea. If they could lure him from Spurs for a fee of less than £30 million then they should consider that good business, especially as they will recoup that and maybe even more for De Gea from Madrid.
However, sadly for Manchester United, Lloris recently signed a new long-term deal with Tottenham which means one thing; negotiating with Daniel Levy. And that never ends well.
Is Hugo Lloris actually a better all-round goalkeeper than David de Gea?
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