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Ed Woodward returns to Manchester to replace David de Gea

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Ed Woodward left Manchester United's pre-season tour of the USA to undertake more transfer business in Europe, reports The Guardian.

The club's executive vice-chairman has earned rave reviews for his role in the summer window thus far, but it seems that, ahead of the new season, his work is far from complete.

He had been present alongside Louis van Gaal's squad in the USA, but has now returned to Manchester with the intention of getting at least two deals in place before flying back across the Atlantic by Thursday.

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Manchester United take on Barcelona in Santa Clara later this week and Woodward fully intends to be present and may even bring a new face along with him.

Woodward's first order of business will be to look into a new goalkeeper with a potential replacement for David de Gea required should the Spaniard leave for Real Madrid.

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New goalkeeper

De Gea has just one-year left on his Old Trafford deal and has told United that he has no intention of extending his stay. Real Madrid have so far refused to to meet their asking price, but could do so at any point between now and the end of the transfer window.

With Victor Valdes also set to leave this summer, Van Gaal will need at least one new goalkeeper ahead of next season and Woodward will be working on such a deal this week.

Ajax star Jasper Cillessen is believed to be the top choice of Van Gaal, who originally worked with the goalkeeper whilst managing the Netherlands national team.

Di Maria replacement

Angel di Maria is also expected to depart the club for Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days and Manchester United have cited Barcelona star Pedro as a potential replacement.

The Spain international has a £22m release clause inserted into his contract, meaning a deal could be completed very swiftly if the Red Devils agree to flex their financial muscle and meet it.

Such an offer would open up the possibility of Pedro joining Manchester United before they take on Pedro's current club later this week. Considering Woodward's form so far this summer, it is not something that can be ruled out.

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