De Gea replacements as rumours of Mourinho rift surface
FootyOn experts look at five potential David de Gea replacements after reports claim he’s had a bust-up with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
De Gea’s Old Trafford future has been the subject of constant speculation for some time.
Read all about who else Mourinho has fallen out with.
The latest rumours claim no matter what happens he will not be sold to long-time suitors Real Madrid.
Whether all the speculation is true remains to be seen, but that got our experts thinking.
Who could United line-up as De Gea replacements?
We’ve got our heads together and come up with five…
AC Milan prize asset Donnarumma is expected to be Italy’s goalie for a generation, but out of contract at the San Siro next summer.
He is also represented by super agent Mino Raiola, who brokered Paul Pogba’s Red Devils return.
Should De Gea depart the Theatre of Dreams, then this talented teenager should be in the running to fill his gloves.
United are unlikely to get a clear run at Donnarumma, however, as Europe’s elite are also tracking him.
Leicester City and Denmark stopper Schmeichel is the son of Man Utd legend Peter.
A key part of the Foxes’ against all odds Premier League triumph last season, he now has Champions League experience.
Ahead of the quarter-final tie with Atletico Madrid, Schmeichel junior has kept five clean sheets in six European games.
His stock is high; so, given Red Devils family connections, he is a natural fit among De Gea replacements.
There is also rumoured interest in Inter Milan number Handanovic.
The ex-Slovenia stopper, 32, is also linked with Liverpool.
Man Utd manager Mourinho famously steered Inter to the treble in 2009/10.
Although that was two years before Handanovic joined the blue half of the San Siro, he is still well-regarded.
Stoke City stopper Butland is back from serious injury after playing for the Potters’ Under-23s.
Who better to recommend him to United than their former striker Mark Hughes?
The Stoke boss had to replace Butland while he’s been out recovering, so Hughes knows his team can get by.
Euro 2016 winning goalie Patricio is a compatriot of Mourinho’s.
Those performances for Portugal will surely have caught the eye of the Red Devils boss.
Current club Sporting Lisbon have pretty much constantly played second fiddle to domestic rivals Porto and Benfica this century.
If Patricio wants to win more trophies, then he may need to leave Lisbon.
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