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Manchester United must find a way to benefit if they lose David de Gea

Monday 1st May 2017
The protracted transfer saga involving David de Gea, Manchester United and Real Madrid is bordering on the ridiculous of late, with so many rumours flying around that it is incredibly difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction.

Many sources have claimed that a deal is done, while others say that the goalkeeper will not be leaving Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho will be desperate to keep de Gea, with the Spaniard developing into one of the best goalkeepers in the world today, with some claiming he is actually better than Manuel Neuer.

Whatever the goalkeeper's fate, though, Manchester United will be desperate to get the most out of any potential deal. So, if he were to leave for Real Madrid in the summer, what would constitute a good deal for United?

Of course, any deal for a goalkeeper means there must be an adequate replacement going the other way. Sergio Romero is a good goalkeeper, but he is not of the same quality as de Gea. However, there aren't many goalkeepers that are close to him anyway, and they are usually well established at their club already.

Therefore, it would make sense for Real Madrid's current number one, Keylor Navas, to join United as part of the deal. The Costa Rican international is a fine player, but he is apparently not to the high standard of Real Madrid, while he isn't a huge name in football, which is a problem for the Spanish side.

He was reportedly a part of the deal that fell through for de Gea before, meaning that Manchester United obviously deem him good enough to replace de Gea.

In conjunction with this, United may have the chance to run the rule over Madrid. The Spanish side's courting of the goalkeeper is so intense that they are likely to be willing to part company with an outfield player in return for his services.

While the likes of Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are out of the question, it is not too outrageous to wonder whether a different superstar could become part of a deal.

Manchester United's problems up-front have been well documented this term, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goalscoring antics the only reason Jose Mourinho's side are still battling on two different fronts, with a trophy already in the bag.

However, his knee injury has cut his season short, which has heaped pressure on Marcus Rashford, with the youngster the only other striker that is in any sort of form this term. Perhaps a move for Alvaro Morata, who is out of favour at Madrid, would be an astute move for Mourinho, with his goal scoring ability not in doubt, having already spent time with Italian champions Juventus and Madrid.

Colombian James Rodriguez is another that has found game time tough to come by this term, and his attacking ability and flair would add another dimension to Mourinho's side. However, for a player that cost over £70 million and is only 25-years-old, allowing the forward to leave may hurt the Spanish outfit hugely in the future.

With Real Madrid, it is always difficult to know whether a club doing business with them will get the deal they want. After all, Madrid are a side that possess a massive amount of sway simply because of who they are and what they offer.

Unfortunately for Manchester United, their prized asset is a goalkeeper. Historically, they are not valued in the same bracket as outfield players, meaning Real Madrid are likely to get their man for a good price. If the Spaniard is to go, Mourinho's side must look to make the most out of any possible transfer, although, they will be convinced that they can keep the world's best goalkeeper in the red of Manchester.
Ben Darvill

I graduated with an upper second class degree in English and Creative writing from Cardiff Metropolitan University. I have been a freelance sports writer since leaving University and have written for a number of online websites. I am a Chelsea and England fan but I enjoy watching any team play as I have an intense passion for football.

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