Real Madrid plan a fresh bid to sign Man United shot-stopper David De Gea this summer.
SunSport reports Real boss Zinedine Zidane remains a huge fan of Manchester United’s keeper and wants him to replace Thibaut Courtois.
United would demand £70million for De Gea, 29, who only signed a new £375,000-a-week contract in September.
Real are one of the few clubs who could afford the fee and his wages and United could be willing to cash in if the Spaniard indicates he wants to leave as a consequence of Real’s renewed interest.
De Gea’s form has come into a question with another high-profile error in last Sunday’s draw at Everton.
Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United, was already being talked about as a possible replacement for De Gea next season.
Henderson, 22, has won rave reviews with the promoted Blades who are banging on the door of European qualification.
De Gea almost moved to Real in the 2015 summer window before the deal collapsed as the paperwork was not lodged in time due to a fax problem.
The keeper hails from the Spanish capital and started his career at Atletico Madrid before moving to Old Trafford in 2011.
He has gone on to make 393 United appearances and until last year was regarded as world No 1.
But a lack of concentration saw him let Ismaila Sarr’s tame effort go through his hands in the defeat at Watford.
Then on Sunday, he delayed a clearance and hit it at Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin before the ball rebounded back into the net.
De Gea will return for tomorrow’s Manchester derby but the Goodison blunder was the seventh he has made leading to a goal since the start of last season.
His new deal is due to run to 2023 with the option for the club to extend a further year.
But Real’s renewed interest may now suit the player and the club.