Man United to rival Spurs, West Ham for £18m Prem ‘keeper

Date published: Tuesday 4th May 2021 11:54 - Lewis Oldham

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Man United are to challenge Tottenham and West Ham for the signing of West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, according to reports.

David De Gea is in his tenth season at Old Trafford.  He has been their number one throughout his time at the club, but his status has been thrown into doubt this campaign.

After impressing with Sheffield United, Dean Henderson returned to the Red Devils last summer.

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De Gea continued as United’s first choice at the start of this term. But Henderson has been favoured over him of late.

ESPN have reported that De Gea is likely to leave Man United this summer with Henderson now seen as their number one. As cited by The Express, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently suggested that United’s goalkeepers are a tight-knit group:

“Of course they want to play – Dean has given it his all because everyone wants that place in the team. David does as well and it’s a healthy competition.

“Goalkeeper departments are a very tight-knit group. They work together in preparation, they have different gym sessions, individual sessions [to the rest of the squad], they stay together more.

“Naturally they create a bond and the spirit in the goalkeeping department has been top. But it’s a healthy competition.

“Both of them are important, all of them want to play. It’s the same for [the club’s other goalkeepers] Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop and Sergio Romero: they want to play and that’s a competition I like. David has been a top, top keeper and he still is. He’s working to be ready when he plays.

“If it’s Dean or David, I’m very comfortable with both of them. I’m very happy that none of them are happy to not play.”

With De Gea likely to depart, the Red Devils are on the lookout for a new ‘keeper to come in and challenge Henderson.

In the same report from ESPN, it is suggested that Man United will rival Tottenham and West Ham for the signing of Johnstone. It is added that West Brom value him at £18m.

They add that United could get Johnstone for a lower fee as they still have a sell-on clause for their former goalkeeper. He left the Red Devils in 2018 to join the Baggies for around £6.5m.

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