Manchester United could lose sterling shot-stopper David de Gea at the turn of the year as talks to tie him down for the long haul have reportedly stalled.
The Red Devils have been stained with rifts, as conflicts swelled between boss Jose Mourinho and some players this season.
Though the crushing tide of issues has died down a bit as United were almost set to roll off a cliff before the second half of the season.
First a defeat to Lampard’s Rams Derby knocked them out of the Carabao Cup, and a win from three matches in the Champions League leaves them trailing five points behind leaders Juventus in Group H.
De Gea is reckoned to be one of United’s lifelines, having grown to become a man adored by fans and the club for his prompt saves that have always kept them above trouble.
However, the club’s hierarchy cannot wrap their fingers around the Spaniard, and there are looming fears and gathering suggestions that the Spaniard could finally be allowed to leave.
The 27-year-old has yet to pen a new deal, despite the absence of suitors not bidding for his services.
The Spain international is currently contracted at Old Trafford until next summer, and United have an option to trigger a clause, extending his stay by a year if no deal is reached by both parties.
News outlet the Sun says United are exploring new options and Brighton shot-stopper Ryan is on top of their shopping list as a potential replacement for the Spaniard.