Sunday 23 October 2016

Man United facing goalkeeper crisis as Victor Valdes looks set to leave

Valdes out of tour as De Gea waits on Real

Manchester United's Victor Valdes
Manchester United's Victor Valdes

MANCHESTER United's goalkeeping department is in a state of crisis with question marks hanging over the futures of first-choice stopper David de Gea and his deputy Victor Valdes.

With Real Madrid set to launch a bid for De Gea to replace Iker Casillas, Valdes has been omitted from their pre-season tour of the United States, prompting speculation.

Both goalkeepers have deals with United up until next summer, when they will become free agents.

Losing both goalkeepers would force manager Louis van Gaal into the summer transfer market once again, having already swooped for midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, as well as defender Matteo Darmian.

One reported United target, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, is now off the radar after the French international sustained a broken wrist in pre-season training.

Van Gaal took De Gea, long-term deputy Anders Lindegaard and 22-year-old Sam Johnstone, who was on loan to Preston last season, on United's trip to the US.

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