London: Manchester United Football Club have been under a lot of performance pressure in recent times, for, the Red Devils have hardly lived up to their reputation of being the top club in the English Premier League (EPL).

The Louis van Gaal-led side, which has had a rather rough season, is struggling to get in the top four in the league mainly dominated by success story of the season Leicester City. Currently trailing Manchester City at number five on the EPL table, Manchester United might lose out on their top performer and one of the very few shining starts of the season – David de Gea.

Rumours have it that the Spaniard and Real Madrid had been in constant touch over a move for Gea to the Bernabeu in exchange for Keylor Navas. The swap deal, however, failed to materialise on the deadline day and the United goalie signed a renewed four-year contract.

The rumours were laid to rest when the new contract was signed, but the move could well be on the cards if Manchester United fail to finish in the top four, if La Liga expert Guillem Balague is to be believed.

“The plan is to build a stronger side for next season – and the plans have changed from earlier on this season because they cannot find a team to buy Cristiano Ronaldo, which means if Ronaldo stays, they will have to renew his contract,” Balague said.

“Navas has been one of the heroes for Real but earlier this season, the plan was to go back for De Gea – especially if Manchester United don’t finish in the top four.”

Gaal’s United take on Leicester City in their own backyard on May 1 in the hope of delaying their celebration as The Foxes aim at securing three points as soon as possible and run away with the EPL title.

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