The time has long since past when Manchester United were confident of keeping hold of David de Gea. The two-time Old Trafford Player of the Year now looks resigned to leaving for the allures of Real Madrid, and as a result it’s said United are preparing a strategy to ensure they’re not short-changed in any deal. According to the latest reports Louis van Gaal is keen to try and land Karim Benzema as part of De Gea’s transfer away, with the Frenchman’s future yet uncertain under new Real boss Rafael Benitez. United’s need for an out-and-out goalscorer could mean that De Gea’s exit is worth it if Benzema proves lethal in the Premier League, though there’s still plenty of negotiating to be done. Elsewhere it’s been claimed that the club are close to securing a deal for Michael Carrick’s eventual replacement, Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Dourado. United are trying to press ahead with a deal for the 20-year-old having watched him regularly play for Internacional in Brazil.