David de Gea signed a new contract with Manchester United in September but the Red Devils are already making plans for his departure.
Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of the goalkeepers - they came within minutes of signing him in the summer - and, according to the Mirror, Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the shot-stopper.
Should De Gea leave Old Trafford in the summer, United want Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen to fill his place in goal.
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That is what is being reported in the Mirror, who believe United representatives have been informed that Ter Stegen would be willing to leave Catalonia in search of first-team football.
The 23-year-old is currently used in rotation with Claudio Bravo. Ter Stegen plays the cup and Champions League games, Bravo features in all La Liga fixtures.
It is an awkward way to use such a talented ‘keeper and Barcelona shouldn’t be surprised if Ter Stegen really is considering quitting the club.
The Mirror add that United face competition from rivals Liverpool for the former Borussia Moenchengladbach man.
Ter Stegen won't commit to Barca
Both teams will have been pleased to hear Ter Stegen fail to commit his future to the club.
As he prepares to face Arsenal in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday, Ter Stegen admitted the only thing he is interested in is playing football.
He said ahead of the game (per Goal): “The truth is I'm not really thinking about the future for the time being. I'm focused on tomorrow [against Arsenal], which is really exciting for me.
“It's a game where I have the opportunity to play again.
“The future is a long way away. But for the time being I'm interested in tomorrow. We want to win, I want to win, that's it.
“If I can play football I'm not interested in anything else. Of course there is always pressure but I'm always excited about playing. If you can win games like tomorrow's, you have to enjoy that.
"We'll see how things go"
“It's a question I get asked a lot but I'm really only thinking about tomorrow. I want to do my best and the end of the season is far away. You never know what the situation will be. It's football, we'll see how things go.
“The situation is the one we've got. Of course you want to play as much as possible, but for now I play in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and I want to play to my best ability all the time.”
That’s all well and good but with Manuel Neuer the clear number one for Germany, Ter Stegen needs more minutes if he wants to impress Joachim Lowe.
He would certainly find it at Manchester United if De Gea moves on. And, despite Simon Mignolet signing a contract extension in January, Ter Stegen would immediately become Liverpool’s number one if he moved to Merseyside.
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