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Three likely targets for Manchester United if David de Gea leaves this summer

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Speculation surrounding David de Gea’s potential transfer to Real Madrid comes along every transfer window. However, it seems like he could finally return to his home country this time around.

Already, the Telegraph, among with others, are suggesting that the Red Devils shot stopper is the Madrid outfit’s leading target ahead of the upcoming summer window.

While De Gea has been a first team regular all season, having kept 14 Premier League clean sheets, the Spaniard hasn’t been as prominent in United’s campaign as he usually is. In truth, he seems to have developed a subdued personality with Jose Mourinho in charge.

If De Gea was to leave, United would be forced into downgrading, but who could come in and replacement the irreplaceable Spaniard?

Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City

Son of a former United legend, the Danish shot-stopper could join his father’s club this summer.

Schmeichel has been one of the few bright sparks in Leicester title defence and he looks like a player that should be playing at a bigger club. He has achieved all that he can at the Foxes and if United were to come calling, it is almost a certainty that he would leave.

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Sky Sports reported that Jose Mourinho’s side are first in line to sign him in summer. Maybe he will be the one to replace De Gea.

Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid 

While De Gea heads to Madrid, another world class keeper could be leaving the Spanish capital. With United lining up a raid on Atletico Madrid, according to the Daily Star, both Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak could arrive at Carrington.

Both are top talents and it could cost the Red Devils up to £125m to pull these two transfers off but United do have cash to burn and if De Gea and Ibrahimovic were to leave, they would need urgent replacements.

Oblak has performed at the highest level in the Champions League and definitely rates in the bracket just below De Gea, if not in the same one.

Joe Hart – Manchester City

It seems far fetched, but Hart has been linked to Manchester United, as reported by the Metro. The England international has seen his Manchester City career cut short by Pep Guardiola’s arrival and he found himself on loan at Torino last summer.

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With Hart returning from his spell in Italy, it seems Guardiola still doesn’t want to use him in between the sticks. Speculation around Hart’s exit has seen him linked with an array of Premier League and foreign clubs.

A transfer to City’s rival club seem unlikely but not impossible. Hart is a player that does the basics of goalkeeping very well and that would appeal to Jose Mourinho who, unlike Pep Guardiola, doesn’t employ a tactical style that needs a keeper with good footwork.

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