Serie A champions Juventus want to open talks with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who they hope to sign on a free transfer, according to the Daily Express.
The Spain international is out of contract in the summer, which means that clubs are allowed to talk to him over a move on January 1, if he does not sign new terms with the Red Devils prior to then.
De Gea is seen as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and with him not yet penning a new deal with the Old Trafford outfit, Manchester United are beginning to become resigned to losing him for nothing come the end of the current campaign.
Should that be the case, the super stopper will not be short of suitors for his signature, one of the reasons why Juventus want to speak to the Red Devils’ star as early as possible.
The Italian giants have already used the free transfer market to their advantage in recent times, bagging Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain using that method, and it would appear they have their hearts set on securing another big star via that route.
De Gea was close to leaving Manchester United back in 2015, when it looked like he was all set to exit Old Trafford and head to Real Madrid, but an administrative issue put an end to that, leaving him with the Red Devils until now.
Despite a number of attempts to get the Spaniard to sign a new deal, the former champions have been unable to tempt him to do so, which has left United to begin looking for his replacement for when he does leave.
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is currently top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wanted list as the man to fill the boots of de Gea, as and when his Old Trafford exit is confirmed.