KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United might consider selling David De Gea at the end of the season
  • The Red Devils have identified AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma as an alternative
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's comments suggest Dean Henderson is likely to stay at Old Trafford

Manchester United could be looking at a star from another major league as a replacement for David De Gea.

For almost a decade, De Gea has been Manchester United’s star goalkeeper. However, the former Atletico Madrid sensation seems to be declining and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already looking for a solution.

At this point, it appears that a transfer is likely to happen with the Red Devils now considering preparing a formal bid for AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, Spanish outlet Fichajes reported.

According to the report, Manchester United has identified Donnarumma as a potential replacement with the club now open to the idea of selling De Gea in the summer.

Donnarumma has emerged as one of the most sought-after goalkeepers in the world. At 21, the Italian is already a Rossoneri star, having been a regular starter since joining the club in 2015.

Apart from Manchester United, Donnarumma was also on the radar of Chelsea. Previous reports state that the Blues were interested in signing the highly-rated keeper in the past window, but a deal did not materialize.

Donnarumma’s contract with Milan is set to expire at the end of the season and he is expected to be a top prospect in the summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old will have plenty of suitors. It is claimed that Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG could all be interested in him.

Manchester United, on the other hand, is likely to continue its pursuit of a well-rounded shot-stopper for the remainder of the current season.

It can be recalled that the Red Devils already made a band-aid solution for De Gea’s dwindling when the club ended Dean Henderson’s two-year loan spell at Sheffield United and brought the 23-year-old back in.

Nothing has been concrete yet regarding De Gea’s exit, but Solskjaer’s recent comments suggest that Henderson has a bright future in his squad.

"Of course Dean [Henderson] is in with a shout,” Solskjaer recently said in a press conference. "We pick a team on Saturday and Dean was very solid, good kicking and he could or should have had an assist for Marcus, which is another thing we worked on. He was clean in his handling, clean in his short passes and it was a good performance.

"[Henderson] He is maturing all the time but I have a very, very good goalkeeper in David [De Gea],” the manager added. “He saved us against West Brom so I can’t say to you now. I always speak to the players first before I say who’s playing and they will know."

Dean Henderson of Sheffield United Dean Henderson of Sheffield United Photo: Getty Images | Dan Istitene