Manchester United are ready to pursue Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer as they continue to search for a possible replacement for David de Gea.
According to Fichajes, Manchester United remain interested in securing a deal for Yann Sommer amid uncertainty hovering around David de Gea’s future. The 33-year-old Swiss international is also a target for La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Manchester United had looked at a number of goalkeepers this past summer, but Erik ten Hag decided to put his trust in David de Gea. The Spaniard has been a fantastic employee for the Red Devils, having been at the club since 2011. He has bailed out United on numerous occasions, and this season, too, the results could have been shameful, if it was not for him between the sticks.
However, things have now changed as goalkeepers are also taking an active part in the build-ups. So the need to have a good pair of feet has become necessary. De Gea has been poor with his ball-playing aspects but has shown improvements as he acquired an 87% passing accuracy in the 2-1 win against Everton.
Atletico Madrid are also contemplating making a move for Sommer as Jan Oblak’s current status is vulnerable at the club. The Slovenian goalkeeper has been one of the best shot-stoppers in La Liga but could be ready to depart the Wanda Metropolitano if a suitable offer arrives.
Atleti should be prepared with a ready-made replacement, and Sommer might suit Diego Simeone’s preferred style. The 33-year-old has been one of the most underrated keepers in the Bundesliga. But his nine-year-long stint with Gladbach could finally come to an end as his current contract will expire next summer.
De Gea’s fat pay packet has not been in sync with his recent performances, but he has a one-year extension clause in his contract. So the Manchester United hierarchy is still considering every possible stance before signalling the final approval. Interestingly, other goalkeepers, including Odysseas Vlachodimos, are also on the Red Devils’ radar.
Sommer’s age should not pose a threat to his imminent move as goalkeepers tend to continue their playing career till their late thirties. A bidding war could ignite in January should both Manchester United and Atletico Madrid decide to pursue a deal for the 33-year-old.