David de Gea is ‘close’ to signing a new Manchester United contract – but the club are scouting potential replacements just in case.
De Gea has been locked in contract negotiations with United since before the end of last season, with reports even suggesting a verbal agreement was in place.
But the Spaniard is yet to officially sign any deal, and interest from Juventus could complicate matters.
The Italian side are monitoring developments with a view to capitalising on the situation by agreeing a pre-contract with the keeper as early as January.
United remain in control of the situation and many outlets suggest talks are ‘almost’ concluded, but The Athletic say two keepers are being watched if needed.
Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid is named as being ‘under review by their scouts’. Everton’s Jordan Pickford ‘also has admirers’ at the club, and ‘his ablity with the ball at feet particularly appeals’.
The chances are that De Gea will commit his long-term future to United on a reported £375,000 a week. With his two proposed replacements likely to cost upwards of £70m, that is probably the cheapest option.