Real Madrid have identified Germany and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Berndt Leno as an option in goal should David de Gea’s transfer fail to materialise, according to reports.
The Manchester United man has been subject of intense speculation in recent weeks with Real wanting to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu having identified him as the long-term successor to club captain Iker Casillas.
But reports this weekend said United would hold out for a world record fee for a goalkeeper, more than the 38 million Juventus paid to sign Gianluigi Buffon, if they are to let de Gea leave. He has just one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford.
The news has prompted reports that Real are looking at a plan B and see Leno as a viable option. The 23-year-old featured in all of Leverkusen’s Bundesliga fixtures last season and has missed just two games in the last three campaigns. He recently helped Germany Under 21s to the semi final of the European Championships where they fell to defeat against Portugal.
The goalkeeping situation at Real is one of the major points for new boss Rafa Benitez to deal with, as the futures of Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas are also unclear.