The goalkeeper is one of the few positions where struggling Manchester United has no problems at the moment, yet many reports say the club is busy trying to fix what isn’t broken.
Goalkeeper David de Gea has to be one of the favorites to win Manchester United’s Player of the Year Award this season and he has fantastic support in the Premier League in the form of Dean Henderson.
Even with two months left on the calendar this season, reports say United have a new first-choice goalkeeper – Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou, and a new reserve goalkeeper – West Brom’s Sam Johnstone or Dundee United’s Benjamin Siegrist.
Henderson replacement is easier to explain. The 25-year-old was due to be United’s first goalkeeper this season after proving more reliable than De Gea in the 2020/21 season. But his absence due to a long Covid early in the season allowed the Spaniard to regain his place and since then Henderson has remained on the heat bench.
As a result, it is understood that ambitious Cumbrian asked to leave in January, the request was denied, but the club could be set to grant his wish in the summer.
In this light, the pursuit of 28-year-old academy graduate Johnston or 30-year-old Siegrist, as reported by Sunmakes sense.
However, Mirror claims United are chasing Bounou as De Gea’s successor.
“United have been watching Bounou for several months and it is understandable that he asked to be kept up to date with his situation at his club,” reports outlet.
“Bounou, 29, has two years to contract Sevilla from the end of this season and triggering the release clause on this contract will cost around £ 25 million.
“The Seville directors are aware of their goalkeeper interest and want to extend his contract for a further two years. With each new deal they would introduce an exemption clause of around £ 63 million. ‘
The article goes on to say that the Red Devils are considering “making money” on De Gea when he has only 18 months left on his contract. However, the club has the option to start an additional year by contracting the contract until June 2024.
It’s an interesting development. If De Gea is really going to leave, then the pursuit of Bounou can only mean the club doesn’t believe Henderson has what it takes to fill his shoes. It would almost certainly mean a veil this summer for an Englishman, no matter what the Spaniard’s fate.