Hugo Lloris favourite to replace David de Gea as Manchester United goalkeeper
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 19/05/15 6:32pm
Who will be in goal for Manchester United next season?
Current Old Trafford No 1 David de Gea is being linked with a summer transfer to Real Madrid - and Sky Bet make the Spain international just third favourite to be United's goalkeeper at the start of next season.
Instead, it is Tottenham's Hugo Lloris favoured by the bookies to begin the 2015/16 campaign between the sticks for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Here, we take a look at the favourites to be Manchester United's first-choice 'keeper next season...
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is favourite to be Manchester United's 'keeper next season, after another impressive campaign at White Hart Lane. While Lloris has only kept seven clean sheets in the Premier League this season, the France No 1 has caught the eye with a number of fine saves. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of his desire to 'fight' to keep his star players - but the lure of Champions League football could prove tempting to the former Lyon 'keeper.
Victor Valdes - 3/1
United's current reserve 'keeper, Victor Valdes possesses a wealth of experience, having won six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns while with Barcelona. His first-team debut may not have gone to plan - conceding a Tyler Blackett own goal against Arsenal on Sunday, after replacing the injured De Gea - but the Spaniard would relish a regular role.
David de Gea - 4/1
One of the Premier League's star players this season, David de Gea has played a crucial part in Manchester United's top-four finish. While Louis van Gaal's outfield players haven't always combined as effectively as the Dutchman would hope, De Gea has proven to be a reliable shot-stopper and earned his team vital points. However, reported Real interest may prove too tempting for the Madrid-born Spain international.
Asmir Begovic - 7/1
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has just 12 months to run on his current contract at the Britannia Stadium and has been linked with a switch to a number of the Premier League's top clubs. Manager Mark Hughes is eager to keep hold of the Bosnian, although England U21 Jack Butland has proved himself to be an able deputy. Could the Potters look to cash-in now?
Tim Krul - 12/1
Louis van Gaal famously subbed on penalty-saving specialist Tim Krul during the World Cup to help Holland win a shootout with Costa Rica. Krul wouldn't be the first Dutch player to link up with Van Gaal at United - Memphis Depay is set to join Daley Blind at the club. However, since the Brazil showpiece, the shot-stopper has endured a frustrating finish to the domestic campaign with relegation-threatened Newcastle.
Petr Cech - 14/1
It seems unlikely Jose Mourinho and Chelsea would be willing to sell experienced Petr Cech to top-four rivals Manchester United, but the Czech seems certain to depart Stamford Bridge and will be coveted by a number of top teams. After all, few 'keepers can boast four Premier League winners' medals and, at the age of 32, Cech should still have plenty of years ahead of him.
Jasper Cillessen - 16/1
Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was Van Gaal's first-choice for Holland at the World Cup, with the 26-year-old playing a key role as the Dutch finished third. Ajax may have relinquished their Eredivisie title to PSV, but Cillessen was voted as the club's player of the year for 2015, with boss Frank de Boer quoted as saying he can 'get close' to the level of Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer.
Iker Casillas - 16/1
The Real Madrid legend could lose his regular role at the Bernabeu should David de Gea arrive, and it has been suggested the 33-year-old one-club man could be looking for a new challenge. Casillas has been booed by his own supporters this term but, despite some indifferent form of late, he remains one of the world's premier shot-stoppers.
Anders Lindegaard - 20/1
Current United third-choice 'keeper, Anders Lindegaard hasn't made a single appearance in any competition for the club this season - and managed just three in 2013/14. The Dane was knocked down the pecking order when Victor Valdes signed in January, but remains committed to the club after five years with United.
Ben Amos - 20/1
A product of United's youth system, Ben Amos has only made one league appearance for the club's first-team - a 2-0 win at Stoke in January 2012 - and has had loan spells at Peterborough, Molde, Oldham, Hull City, Carlisle and, this season, Bolton. Now 25, could Van Gaal give the former England U21 international a shot in the first-team if De Gea was to depart?
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