Real Madrid are hoping that Tottenham would make a move for Iker Casillas, which would open up a spot for them to sign David de Gea from Manchester United, according to the Independent.

The Los Blancosare hoping that Tottenham's move for Casillas will allow United to sign their top target Hugo Lloris, which would then open the road up for Madrid to sign their much coveted target this summer. United are also interested in Petr Cech, but the Czech Republic international is reportedly on his way to Arsenal, with the Gunners offering him the chance to stay in London.

De Gea has refused to extend his contract with the Red Devils and is expected to make the move to Madrid in the summer, leaving United having to look for a quality replacement for the keeper. Lloris' arrival will alleviate the void left by the Spaniard's departure but Tottenham want to sign a quality replacement before opening talks over the Frenchman's future.

The 28-year-old has previously expressed his desire to play for a club in the Champions League next season and with Tottenham qualifying for the Europa League yet again, it will be difficult for Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy to hold on to one of their best players, in what was a disappointing campaign on all counts for Spurs.

However, Levy has reportedly told Pochettino that he will not be parting with his best players in the summer and give him a fighting chance to compete for a spot in the Champions League next season, which would make it difficult for United to make a move for Lloris.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils do have a ready-made replacement in Victor Valdes, whom Louis van Gaal signed on a Bosman from Barcelona and who marshalled the sticks admirably following De Gea's injury against Arsenal in the penultimate game of the season.