David De Gea situation buys Manchester United time

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One good thing to come out of the David De Gea saga is that Manchester United now have time to buy a suitable replacement. 

Though the now-botched deal would of seen the Red Devils land Keylor Navas, the Costa Rican goalkeeper would unlikely be first choice for many United supporters. 

It took the club years to find a suitable replacement for Peter Schmeichel, and if Louis van Gaal is to win silverware he cannot afford to make mistakes. 


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Here are the five goalkeepers he could look to sign should De Gea leave for Madrid within the next year:

1. Keylor Navas

Just because he would not be many of the United fans' first choice does not mean the same goes for Van Gaal. 

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Navas was touted as the best goalkeeper on the planet by David James back in December and is part of the reason why Florentino Perez failed to push for De Gea sooner. 

The 28-year-old would be unfazed at moving to Old Trafford after successfully ousting Iker Casillas from the side under Carlo Ancelotti last term, and would be reluctant to play second fiddle to anyone who joins the La Liga giants. 

Whether or not he still fancies a move to the Premier League in a years time remains to be seen, but that he attempted to force a transfer to United bodes well if the club are to land him in the future. 

2. Hugo Lloris

Even though Daniel Levy despises doing business with United, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman could be powerless to prevent the Frenchman from leaving White Hart Lane. 

Spurs' sluggish start to the season has raised yet more questions over whether they have what it takes to qualify for the Champions League - a stage Hugo Lloris is desperate to play on. 

The Frenchman was considered by Sir Alex Ferguson to replace Edwin Van Der Sar before the Scot opted for De Gea, yet could still make the move to Old Trafford in the future. 

However, his move could come at a cost with Spurs holding the shot-stopper in high regard. They also gave him the club captaincy to ensure his stay in north London for at least one more year. 

3. Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno is the next big thing in European football having impressed in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen. 

The 23-year-old kept 16 clean sheets last term, second only to Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and nine more than German goalkeepers Roman Weidenfeller and Robert Ziegler. 

His lack of physicality could be an issue at first but, as shown with De Gea, United have goalkeeping coaches more than capable of improving that. 

It would be a risk but, as his time in the game has shown, he looks like he could be one of the world's top goalkeepers in the near future. 

4. Adrian

Though one of the least glamorous names to make the list, Adrian has become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with West Ham United. 

The Spaniard played in every league game for the Hammers last term and helped the club to a comfortable win over Arsenal on the opening weekend of the new season. 

With West Ham lacking the prestige that United can claim to boast, they may be powerless to stop him leaving if Van Gaal comes in with a bid. 

It would be a surprise signing but, given his comfort in English football, one that could benefit the Red Devils if they were to make a move. 

5. Jan Oblak

When Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea, many expected Atletico Madrid to struggle to replace him. 

However, Jan Oblak has stepped into the Belgian's shoes and now looks every bit assured as the man he has replaced. 

The 22-year-old made a string of stunning saves as his side held Real Madrid to a goalless draw in the Champions League last season was only beaten by a late Javier Hernandez strike deep into the second leg. 

At £30 million he would not come cheap, however the last goalkeeper United signed from Atletico did not turn out too badly. 

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