Date: 30th September 2022 at 9:45am
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Manchester United may have to look elsewhere in their search for a replacement for goalkeeper David de Gea, according to reports. 

The Spaniard is set to be out of contract next summer and, while the club do have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months, it has been reported that they are on the lookout for his successor.

One name that had been touted in recent days was Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez, who has impressed since joining The Villans from Arsenal.

Now, though, it appears that they may be forced to look elsewhere for a ‘keeper as Villa are unwilling to let the Argentine leave, according to Football Insider.

The report claims that Villa will reject any offers for the 30-year-old during the upcoming January transfer window.

Martinez has only missed one of Steven Gerrard’s matches in charge of Villa, and the former Liverpool captain has previously labelled his first choice ‘keeper ‘untouchable’.

De Gea has less than a year remaining on his current United contract

The Argentina international joined Villa from Arsenal for a fee of £20 million back in 2020, but it has been suggested that his current employers now value him at more than double that amount.

De Gea, 31, has made 495 appearances for The Red Devils since joining the club 11 years ago and, after a poor start to the season, he has impressed in recent weeks.

The Spaniard was at fault for two of Brentford’s goals as The Bees beat United 4-0 last month, but since then De Gea has kept two clean sheets in four league matches.

Despite this, he is one of several United players – along with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Diogo Dalot – who will soon be out of contract.

United are set to hold talks with those players in an effort to resolve their futures.

Over the summer, United allowed Dean Henderson to join Nottingham Forest on loan, and later signed Martin Dubravka on a season-long deal from Newcastle United.

The Slovakian joins Tom Heaton as back up to De Gea, although he is yet to make an appearance for the club, while Heaton has played just once since signing from Villa last summer.

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