David de Gea ruffled the feathers of some fans with a cryptic tweet yesterday expressing how glad he was to be reunited with Sergio Ramos.

It probably doesn’t mean anything, but it was a reminder of his uncertain future at Manchester United.

Mike Maignan of France during the training session of the French Football Team on May 30, 2019 in Clairefontaine, France. (Photo by Johnny Fidelin/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Mike Maignan of France during the training session of the French Football Team on May 30, 2019 in Clairefontaine, France. (Photo by Johnny Fidelin/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

De Gea’s contract runs out next year and the rumour mill has gone into overdrive over the last week about a potential replacement.

The latest name linked is Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan. The Daily Record claim United have enquired after him, and have been quoted £31 million.

One of four

Maignan is one of four goalkeepers linked to United in recent days.

It follows claims Barcelona’s Jasper Cillesen is a target, via The Mail, along with Ajax’s Andre Onana, Daily Record. The biggest name linked has been AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, via Calciomercato.

 

Individually, we have given these rumours short shrift, and haven’t felt them worthy of comment. It’s probably just the usual transfer market gossip which won’t amount to anything.

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However taking a bigger picture view, it sounds like United are exploring their options, should a big bid come in for De Gea.

It’s too early to give up on De Gea re-signing at Old Trafford.

If United can sign a top name centre-back, the Spaniard might be tempted to sign a new deal.

If Solskjaer and Woodward decide to head into next season without signing a centre-back, nobody would blame De Gea for wanting to walk away.

United still have Sergio Romero and Dean Henderson as viable options, so don’t need to rush into making a new signing. It appears that it’s at least something the club is considering.

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