Summer Transfer Targets: Goalkeepers

By Andy Jones

  • David De Gea could be set to leave Old Trafford this summer
  • We look at possible replacements for the Spanish international

With Real Madrid once again circling around David De Gea, there is mounting speculation that he might be subject to a bid from the Spanish giants.

The deal was set to go through two years ago, but the Spanish clubs failure to properly handle a fax machine, meant the transfer was scuppered at the last minute.

Sergio Romero has performed brilliantly as a number two this season, and its worth remembering that he is still the Argentina number one, Mourinho however may want a new number one, until the promising Joel Pereira, who is hotly tipped as the next Portuguese keeper fulfils his potential.

Jordan Pickford

The Sunderland stopper has had a fantastic breakthrough season, in what has otherwise been a horrific year for David Moyes boys.

Its fair to say, with the Mackems rooted to the foot of the table for most of the season, that Pickford has had plenty of practise, making 21 appearances.

The English keeper has progressed all through England’s youth set up, and is currently the U21 keeper.

Not huge in size for a goalkeeper at 6ft 1in, he has already attracted interest from both Everton and Manchester City.

The player is unlikely to want to make the step down to the Championship, so Sunderland may be willing to cash in on one of their brightest stars to reinvest in the squad.

Likelihood 5/10 Potential impact 5/10

Gianluigi Donnarumma

At only 18 years old, the Italians rise to the top has been nothing short of meteoric.

Billed as the heir to the legendary Gianluigi Buffon’s throne. He has already made 66 appearances for AC Milan, and has become the youngest ever goalkeeper to play for the national team.

One of the hottest properties in world football, there would be plenty of interest if he was to become available. Milan are no longer a huge force. Either domestically or in Europe, and the 6ft 5 keeper has again attracted interest from the Premier League.

Given the players age, he could become United’s number one goalkeeper for the next 10 years or more, however its far more likely he will move to Juventus when he does ultimately leave the San Siro.

Likelihood 5/10 Potential Impact 8/10

Jan Oblak

The Slovenian national goalkeeper currently plays in La Liga for Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish club signed him for €16m from Benfica, and he has now made 77 appearances in Spain. In 2015/16 he won the award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, conceding a record low 18 goals.

A proven international goalkeeper, he would be a solid replacement should De Gea leave Old Trafford. Whether Atletico would allow both Griezmann and Oblak to leave in the same window remains to be seen.

Likelihood 6/10 Potential Impact 7/10

Bernd Leno

The 25 year old keeper has made 191 appearances in the Bundesliga, for Schalke and his current club Bayer Leverkusen.

He became the youngest keeper to play in the Champions League, playing against Chelsea aged just 18.

With Leverkusen languishing in 12th place in the Bundesliga. A transfer might be likely as the player looks to put pressure on German No.1 Manuel Neuer.

Likelihood 6/10 Potential Impact 8/10

Joe Hart

Just NO, on every level.

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