Real Madrid are lining up a big-money summer swoop for the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper after growing tired of Keylor Navas’ inconsistent form between the sticks.
De Gea is under contract at Old Trafford until 2019 and a key part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the Red Devils, but it remains to be seen whether the Premier League club can stave off interest yet again from the Spanish giants.
Here, we look at five goalkeeping replacements who could potentially occupy the position between the sticks for United.
The 18-year-old AC Milan stopper is still in the informative years of his goalkeeping career and a move to Old Trafford may yet come too soon, but the teen has already shown his star quality on the international stage and would be a big investment for the future.
BERND LENO – BAYER LEVERKUSEN
The 25-year-old is the third best goalkeeper in Germany right now, behind Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
He has got enormous talent but is still prone to the odd mistake.
Signing him would be a gamble and he may take a bit of time to adapt to playing for a big club.
FRASER FORSTER – SOUTHAMPTON
The South Coast stopper hasn’t enjoyed his best season but a move to a bigger club is still on the cards in the near future.
Forster, 28, has been linked with a switch to Everton recently and this coming summer could be the right time for him to leave St Mary’s.
He would definitely be a low-risk acquisition for United.
The Black Cats goalie won’t be short of offers at the end of the season, regardless if Sunderland stay in the top flight or not.
Boss David Moyes has described the 23-year-old as an “exceptional talent” and Mourinho may just decide to pursue his signature.
JAN OBLAK (ATLETICO MADRID)
The Slovenian is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and the Madrid-based club won’t want to let go of him.
But, if the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Simeone look for fresh starts at the end of the season, the 24-year-old may decide it’s time to follow them out of the door.
Oblak would be an excellent purchase for United.
And, one last leftfield choice…
ALEX MERET (UDINESE – CURRENTLY ON LOAN AT SPAL)
The 6’3 goalkeeper is rated as one of the hottest prospects in Italian football and has caught the eye of many leading clubs across Europe.
He starred for Italy’s Under-19 side at last year’s European Under-19 Championships, and although he has yet to play a match in Serie A, he is very much one for the coming years.
To say Harry Kane would be a big loss for Tottenham is an understatement. Over the last three seasons, the striker’s goals have been crucial to Spurs’ campaign.
So the sight of Kane limping off early in the first half of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Milwall would have left everyone connected to the club concerned.
The Englishman may miss the rest of the season, and the statistics underline the obvious – Tottenham just aren’t as good without him.
Can Spurs keep up their league and FA Cup runs without Harry Kane?
Harry Kane: Tottenham have earned just 1.5 points per game in the league matches Kane has not started since 2014/15 compared to 1.9 with him pic.twitter.com/U2YNLaWG9x— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 12, 2017
Which of these players would you like to see sign for Arsenal this summer?
JORDAN PICKFORD (SUNDERLAND)
The Englishman is emerging as one of the stand-out goalkeepers in the Premier League and is seen as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech.
Despite Sunderland battling relegation again, the 23-year-old has been sensational at the Stadium of Light and is being tipped as future England No1.
With significant leadership qualities, Pickford could be exactly what the Gunners need next season.
KYLIAN MBAPPE (MONACO)
Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of Mbappe, going as far as drawing comparisons between the young Frenchman and club legend Thierry Henry.
With electric speed and clever movement, Mbappe is one of the deadliest finishers in Ligue 1 with 16 goals in 30 games this season.
Should the 18-year-old decide to leave sunny southern France, there will be a rush for his signature with many of Europe’s top clubs interested in securing his services.
KASPER DOLBERG (AJAX)
Kasper Dolberg has established himself as a key player for Ajax as well as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, scoring 13 goals in 25 Eredivisie matches.
He has the ability to draw defenders out of position with his clever runs in the final third which helps create more room for his team-mates to roam and take advantage.
In November, the 19-year-old broke Rafael van der Vaart’s record when he became the youngest player to score a domestic hat-trick.
The Danish star has already been compared to the likes of Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp.