Manchester United are considering making a surprise cut-price move for Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic this summer incase David de Gea leaves for pastures new.
That’s the claim relayed by the Daily Mirror, who speculated that United are growing increasingly concerned that their Spanish number one won’t remain at the club past the summer.
De Gea's replacement
De Gea has a contract that is due to expire at the end of next season, meaning an imminent contract extension is desperately needed if he is to stay.
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Yet no such agreement has been forthcoming to date, leading Louis van Gaal to create contingency plans in case he’s forced to find a new man to rival current reserve option Victor Valdes.
Word on the grapevine is that Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris would be the ideal candidate if such a scenario were to arise, but Spurs are refusing to put a price on his head as they’ve thrown out the idea of him leaving.
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Returning to Begovic
As a consequence United are now looking into the idea of luring Begovic away from Stoke, where he has been a star performer for the best part of five years. Sir Alex Ferguson was rumoured to be interested in pursuing a deal for the Bosnian stopper before his retirement in 2013 and Van Gaal could follow suit if needs be.
Now an established Premier League talent Begovic is said to be ready to leave the Britannia Stadium in search of a new challenge, though that could mean leaving England altogether for Spain - he’s been linked loosely with Real Madrid - France or Italy.
Retaining De Gea?
With his current deal due to expire at the same time as De Gea’s he’ll be available for a cut-price of £8 million, a sum that would definitely appeal to Van Gaal.
Of course the supposed interest would be by-the-by if United can convince De Gea to pledge his future to Old Trafford, which must surely be the primary objective prior to the summer market’s opening. A £200,000-a-week deal is said to be on the table for the 24-year-old and that would see him become the highest-earning ‘keeper in the Premier League.
Naturally one has to assume Real would be prepared to offer him more than that in order to one-up the Red Devils, and the allure of returning to Spain could be a truly decisive factor.
Los Blancos might have lost some of their impenetrable sheen following a season that looks set to end without a major trophy, but in moving to Real De Gea would essentially guarantee himself the number one spot for his national side.
United fans, do you think De Gea is going to jump ship? If he does is Begovic an ideal replacement? Let us know in the comments box below.
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