Man United transfers: Three top goalkeepers to replace David De Gea
Tom Phillips examines three potential replacements for David De Gea should the goalkeeper move to Real Madrid
Hugo Lloris name has already been mentioned with regards to replacements for David De Gea and it is clear to see why. The French goalkeeper has 32 clean sheets from 99 Premier League appearances, which gives Lloris an impressive average clean sheet ratio on 0.32. Despite having a questionable defence to work with at White Hart Lane, Lloris has managed to obtain a competitive games to clean sheet ratio in comparison to De Gea (0.36). With United also looking to bolster their defensive options in time for next season, Lloris will definitely be attracted to playing with a more competent side as well as the Champions League. Since joining Spurs, the north London side have failed to reach the Champions League and with the Red Devils returning to Europe, it could be too good an opportunity for 28-year-old Lloris to turn down. The question will be how much chairman Daniel Levy will be asking giving the fact that Lloris only signed a five-year contract extension last summer.
Victor Valdes is a more than suitable player for United to replace De Gea. Despite Van Gaal saying that he is to leave the club for not following his philosophy, Valdes’s social media activity may suggest otherwise. Should the Spaniard decide to comply with the club’s philosophy, it would be an overall benefit to United in the short-term whilst they look to find a long-term replacement. At 33, Valdes will only be in for the short haul but he provides enough experience between the sticks from his time at Barcelona. Club record alone, he has won all the major competitions including Champions League, La Liga and the Club World Cup. The money United could save by keeping Valdes as their new number one could be used to spend on more lucrative targets including Sergio Ramos and Thomas Muller.
Jasper Cillessen is another top young goalkeeper that has the potential to be at United for the long run. The Dutch goalkeeper has been in sensational form at Ajax and has already impressed Van Gaal during his time as Netherlands manager. Van Gaal handed Cillessen his international debut against Indonesia in 2013, later becoming Oranje’s number one goalkeeper in the 2014 World Cup where they reached third place in the whole tournament, conceding four goals in the whole tournament and starting every game. During his time at Ajax, Cillessen has 42 clean sheets from his 94 appearances for De Godenzonen and also has an impressive overall record in the Eredivisie with 39 clean sheets from 100 appearances. With Champions League experience under his belt already, worked with Van Gaal already and only 26, Cillessen is a perfect long-term replacement for De Gea at Old Trafford.