David De Gea's future at Old Trafford is in the balance, but should he leave for Real Madrid finding a replacement for the Spaniard should not be a pressing issue.
A tussle over the Spaniard is likely drag into this summer's longest transfer saga, and either way the Red Devils face a tough decision, as either they can: accept a bid which is far below De Gea's true value, or let him go on a free at the end of next season.
Neither option is attractive for both Manchester United fans, and Louis Van Gaal, but the reality is with the goalkeepers' family refusing to move to England, the 24-year old is likely to move back to Spain sooner rather than later.
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Real Madrid have started piling the pressure on Manchester United, as they have made an opening bid of £13m, according to The Daily Mail.
Calls for an expensive replacement
De Gea was an ever-impressive figure between the sticks last season, and undoubtedly deserved his place in the Barclays Premier League Team of the Year for 2014/15.
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It is no surprise that Real Madrid have come swooping in for the talented Spaniard, after all that's where Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham all went after excelling in the Premier League.
But, many have called for an expensive replacement to be drafted in if De Gea does make the switch to the Bernabéu Stadium, suggesting names like Hugo Lloris and Jasper Cillessen.
Lloris, is the only realistic goalkeeper who could be drafted in and could come close to replicating De Gea's performances from last season. But, getting the French international from Tottenham Hotspur would be a near impossible task, as Chairman Daniel Levy is well-known for driving an extremely hard bargain when selling one of his best.
Valdes ready to step-up
Manchester United have had the potential successor to De Gea, sitting on the bench since he joined from Barcelona in January.
While Valdes may not have the same natural shot-stopping ability as his compatriot, he holds vast experience of winning trophies, which is a characteristic that Van Gaal's side are in desperation for in defence.
The 31-year old was key to Spain's triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships, never mind winning the Champions League on three occasions with Barcelona.
Valdes has only featured on one occasion for Manchester United, in the last game of the season, where he came on as a substitute for the injured De Gea.
If Real Madrid are successful in their goalkeeper pursuit, Valdes at the very least, deserves a chance at making the number one spot his own.
Investment needed elsewhere
Much larger problems are present in the Manchester United side and should take higher precedent over signing a new goalkeeper.
Since Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra, all left last July, Van Gaal is yet to sign an experienced, commanding defender in their place.
Nicholas Otamendi has been heavily linked to Old Trafford by the Daily Mirror, and signing the Argentinian would begin to cover-up the evident potholes in defence.
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