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Manchester United Winter Transfer Plans : Part 1 – The Keeper

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

This season has gone very well for the red devils despite poor away form, they currently sit top of the Premier League and have been undefeated in the last 16 PL games. Manchester United’s squad looks good but need some reinforcements especially in the goalkeeper and centre midfield sections.

GOALKEEPER

Manchester United currently have a top class goalkeeper in Edwin Van der Sar who looks certain to retire come the end of the season. Their backup keeper Tomasz Kuszczak looks evident to leave the club after the signing of Anders Linegaard from Aaelsunds. Ben Amos the second backup doesn’t look promising enough to be the number 1 keeper.

So reinforcements are inevitable. United have been linked with David De Gea of Atletico Madrid, who is just 20 and is one of the hottest properties in Europe. He looks well set to be the successor of Iker Casillas. Though he was poor in the game vs Real Madrid but he’s a young keeper who could seal this position for years to come. His price would nothing less 18m and won’t come easily. Also there is an outside chance of signing Sergio Asenjo, the benchwarmer at Atletico, second to De Gea, who could cost less. De Gea could prove to be a world class keeper.

Allan McGregor was linked a few times in the past and i don’t expect Sir Alex to sign him though he could cost little as 7-8m.

Manuel Neuer has expressed his desire to leave the club come summer and is the german number 1. He has enough experiences and has also played in the world cup. His deal with Schalke expires in the 2012 summer, so a cut-price deal could well be agreed. He could landed for about 12-15m.

Igor Akinfeev, the russian was linked a few years ago and the fact that he is out of contract could well make him one of the easy choices.

Maarten Stekelenberg, the dutch number 1 keeper and currently at Ajax has been linked to United, some tabloids saying that he’s been talking to VDS about life at United. He is not a top class keeper in my eyes. He’s an average keeper, nothing more nothing less. The fact that he replaced VDS at Holland and Ajax doesn’t mean he’d do the same at United. He could cost around 10m. He’s very much prone to errors.

Pepe Reina, complete outside chance as he’s at Liverpool (United’s rivals) but nonetheless a target.

Hugo Lloris, the french keeper, guarding the Lyon goal, would not come cheap at all. Lyon have a habit of selling their players at relatively high prices. Also his current inability to deal with corners and set-pieces could cut his chances of making a move. He would cost about 20m

Gianluigi Buffon, the Turin-based Juventus’ rock for years, could be tempted to Manchester United after revelations that Storari (Juventus’ keeper) could keep his place despite Gigi’s return to full fitness. He was linked in the summer with moves involving player-plus cash deals with evra or vidic moving in the other directions. I would not recommend such a keeper and he’s old, would cost high, and a poor injury record of late, we don’t need no Owens.

Rene Adler, don’t know anything about as such but he was ahead of Neuer for the German goalkeeping job, before he got injured.

 

THE VERDICT

I am confused with 2 possibilities.

One being, De Gea arriving in summer with Linegaard already there, both could fight for the first place.

Other being, Neuer arriving in Summer becoming the number 1 keeper and Linegaard as his back-up.

It is certain VDS will retire or remain as a backup keeper (not number 1), Kuszczak sold in winter or summer and Amos going out on loan to gain some experience.

 

I will constantly be adding more goalkeepers to the past as and when they are linked to United.

 

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