€20m Serie A star added to five-man Man Utd shortlist of De Gea alternatives

Will Ford
Vicario Empoli

Manchester United have reportedly added Empoli star Guglielmo Vicario to their list of goalkeeper targets this summer.

David de Gea has reportedly agreed a new deal at United, taking a signifiant hit on his current £375,000-a-week wages.

Despite winning the Premier League Golden Glove, there have been widespread reports of Erik ten Hag wanting to sign a new top quality goalkeeper, with De Gea’s ability with the ball at his feet thought to be an issue for the Dutch boss.

A report last week claimed David Raya was ‘close to signing’, and though that was wide of the mark, the Brentford star is expected to leave this summer and is on United’s list of targets.

Valencia’s Giorgi Mamardashvili and Porto star Diogo Costa are also thought to be on the Red Devils shortlist, with all three thought to be valued at around £50-60m.

Cheaper options, and likely backups to De Gea rather than starters are Dinamo Zagreb’s Dominik Livakovic and Leopold Wahlstedt of Norwegian club Odds BK, with those two in the £15m-20m bracket.

And Gazzetta dello Sport claim Vicario has been added to the list of cut-price options.

In the report detailing Inter Milan and Napoli interest, as they look for replacements for Andre Onana and Alex Meret, both of whom could be on the move, it’s claimed the Serie A pair need to ‘pay attention abroad’, before naming United.

The 26-year-old conceded 38 goals in 30 league games for Empoli, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

United legend Roy Keane reckons his former club need to sign a new No.1, and was unimpressed by the back-patting of De Gea’s teammates after the final game of the season against Fulham.

“Manchester United had to improve defensively from last year because they were so bad,” Keane said in the Sky Sports studio.

“They’re all patting De Gea on the back there… I’d move him on quickly. He wouldn’t be for me, he’s not going to get Manchester United back winning trophies, absolutely not. The idea that the players are patting him on the back is ridiculous.”

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