Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed the club has already started planning for life without goalkeeper David De Gea.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester United’s match against Arsenal this Sunday, van Gaal admitted that the club has drawn up a ‘shortlist’ of potential targets to replace the talented 24-year-old Spaniard.
De Gea has been one of United’s best players this season but his impressive form has attracted the attention of Real Madrid, who are looking for a long-term successor to club legend Iker Casillas.
Reports in Spanish newspaper Marca today claim that De Gea has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid and all that remains is for Manchester United and Real Madrid to agree on a transfer fee.
Van Gaal is unsure of whether De Gea will move this summer amid the reports, but admitted the club is prepared should he decide to depart.
Van Gaal said: “We have a list of goalkeepers who can replace him because we have to be organised always.
“We want him to stay and I hope he shall sign. You have three parties [involved] and the most important party is always the player.
“It’s dependable not of Manchester United, not of me, because we want him to sign. He has to sign, he has to want to stay here at Manchester United. I don’t know [why he hasn't decided].”
Press reports earlier this week claimed that De Gea had rejected an offer in the region of £200,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford.
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