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Man Utd set their sights on World Cup star in bid to replace De Gea as Ten Hag rebuild continues

Manchester United are considering their goalkeeping options as David De Gea's long-term future is uncertain.

Since his first season in 2011-12, the Spanish goalkeeper has been a fixture at Old Trafford.

He is now in the final year of his contract, but United have the option to extend it for another year if they so desire.

Given that De Gea is one of United’s highest-paid players, the club may be hesitant to offer him a new contract.

De Gea has settled into the season, however, his distribution remains a source of concern.

Erik ten Hag’s desire for another goalkeeper is understandable given his desire to play a progressive style of game from the back.

Unai Simon of Athletic Bilbao is the most recent player connected to United.

De Gea was left out of Spain’s World Cup roster by Luis Enrique, and Simon has been the team’s starting goalkeeper thus far.

According to Relevo, Manchester United is pondering a move for the Spanish goalkeeper.

According to the source, Simon is content at Bilbao and that the club ‘would only let him leave for a hefty sum, no less than £30-40m.’

His present deal with the Spanish club expires in 2025, and the team is eager to keep him. According to the article, if a top offer from United comes through, “they cannot ignore it.”

Bilbao are pleased with the prospect of Julen Agirrezabala, 21, stepping up in the event that Simon does go.

Ten Hag has commended De Gea for his performance this season.

“As a goalie, you have to protect the goal and make sure you don’t allow goals.” In that regard, he is great,” Ten Hag told Manchester United’s official website.

“On his feet, he has the talents as well.” I believe he is improving on that part from game to game this season. And this isn’t just about the goalie.

“It also has to do with how you offer the keeper alternatives to bring passes in, because when they don’t run free, or at the wrong times, or in the wrong positions, he doesn’t have the options to pass around.”

“But I am certain he can do it, and I believe the games thus far demonstrate that.” I believe he will develop in that area from game to game.”

De Gea is 32 years old and still has at least one major transfer ahead of him in his career.

Moves for Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and FC Porto’s Diogo Costa have both been investigated by United.

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