Manchester United round-up: David De Gea makes request; replacement already lined up; Madrid's Raphael Varane targeted

Spanish newspaper Marca claim that goalkeeper David de Gea has already made a request to Manchester United that they allow him to leave the club this summer, in order to join Real Madrid, as he does not want to miss the opportunity twice after a deal collapsed on deadline day in 2015.

The Spaniard grew up in the city and previously played for Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid, but he does look set to become the world’s most expensive goalkeepers if he does return to Spain, with a fee likely to overtake the £32.6 million that Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

The Independent claim that Mourinho already has his replacement lined up, with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart a target. Reports suggest the England number one is open to the idea of a move to Old Trafford as he is keen to remain in the North-West. That could see him be one of few players to make the switch across the city.

The Red Devils could face competition from Everton for Hart’s signature, but it seems that Torino will be unable to afford to sign the goalkeeper permanently at the end of his current loan spell in Serie A and a permanent move within England looks to be the most probable scenario come the end of the transfer window.

However, the Telegraph believe that Marca’s claims are inaccurate and De Gea has not yet made any kind of request to leave the club. They also believe that Mourinho could be preparing to attempt to lure his former defender at Real Madrid to re-join him in the summer, as he looks to Raphael Varane to strengthen the United defence.

With something of an injury crisis in defence leaving only Daley Blind and Eric Bailly as fit first-team central defenders, additions in the position are clearly needed, but it could be a huge ask to persuade the 24-year-old to move to Manchester given his important role in Madrid.

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