Manchester United have reportedly been offered a relief for the summer transfer window with Real Madrid having earmarked Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois as their prime option to bolster the goalkeeping department.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were initially looking into a move for Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the Spaniard decided to commit his long-term future to the Basque outfit.
As a result, both De Gea and Courtois have been associated in recent weeks, but according to The Independent, Los Blancos are likely to maintain their focus on the latter, who they feel could be easier to sign.
Courtois has previously suggested that he would consider a return to the Spanish capital, where his children are resided in the latter half of the career, and the European champions are prepared to tempt the Blues with a £100m bid in the summer.
Regardless of this, United should be quiet confident of keeping hold of De Gea for the 2018/19 campaign and beyond with the Spaniard having expressed no interest in leaving Old Trafford since Louis van Gaal’s reign in 2015.
With his present deal lasting until the summer of 2019, talks are already underway over a probable extension, but Jose Mourinho’s side have the option of triggering a 12-month extension clause if required.