Manchester United hold goalkeeper talks with €65m option favourite to replace David De Gea: report

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea looks dejected during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on May 7, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.
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Manchester United have intensified talks over the goalkeeper position at the club, as Erik ten Hag looks to a future which may not involve David De Gea.

The Spaniard was yet again at fault for Manchester United as the Red Devils lost 1-0 to West Ham United in the Premier League at the weekend, opening the door for Liverpool to potentially leapfrog them into fourth place. De Gea has made several high-profile howlers this season but has a clause to remain at Old Trafford next season.

According to ESPN, United are in talks with the 32-year-old but have given him no assurances about holding the No.1 shirt should he choose to remain at the club he has represented 540 times. Dean Henderson, meanwhile, is also set to have talks with the club over his future when he returns from his loan at Nottingham Forest.

Dean Henderson Carabao Cup semi-final

Dean Henderson has been on loan at Nottingham Forest all season (Image credit: Getty Images)

The report is linking Porto star Diogo Costa with a move to Old Trafford, as United look to bring in a longterm replacement for De Gea.

Such a transfer would set the Red Devils back €75m, however. This was confirmed by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano when the Portuguese custodian signed a new deal with his club.

Despite rumours linking De Gea with an exit, however, Ten Hag backed his No.1 when asked about him in the aftermath of the West Ham defeat. 

"He has the most clean sheets in the Premier League, so we would not be in this position without him," the Dutchman said. "So he has fully my belief, no concerns. Mistakes happen, but as a team you have to deal with it, you have to show character, be resilient and bounce back and this team will do."

Erik ten Hag poses with the Carabao Cup after Manchester United's win over Newcastle at Wembley.

Erik ten Hag has backed David De Gea publicly (Image credit: Getty Images)

Manchester United are also believed to be interested in the likes of David Raya and Robert Sanchez. 

De Gea is valued at €15m by Transfermarkt

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The rumour mill is ticking over when it comes to new faces at Old Trafford. Two Brighton stars have been linked, with another two Bundesliga players rumoured.

Three big names have been linked with exits, however, while James Ward-Prowse is reportedly on the midfield shortlistGoncalo Ramos is a target and Bruno Fernandes might yet leave

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.