Man Utd ramping up efforts to snare £66million ace and it ‘won’t be easy’ to keep him away

Ciaran McCarthy
Diogo Costa, Porto, October 2022

Manchester United have reportedly been ramping up their efforts to sign goalkeeper Diogo Costa, and Porto may find it ‘won’t be easy’ to keep him there.

United’s interest in Costa is nothing new. Indeed, for some months it’s been clear that he’s a player the Red Devils are fond of.

That’s helped by the fact that at 23 years of age, he’s stepped up to be Portugal’s no.1. Indeed, the young goalkeeper played all five of his country’s games at the World Cup.

What’s more, his club form has been something to behold this season. In 19 Liga Portugal games this term, the Porto goalkeeper has conceded just 11 goals and has kept 10 clean sheets.

What’s more, he has the second-best save percentage of any goalkeeper in the league at 76.6 per cent, per fotmob.

As such, it’s clear to see why United would be interested. Of course, they already have a quality stopper in David de Gea, but he won’t continue playing forever.

The Spaniard is 32, so he should still have some good years ahead of him, but it can’t hurt to recruit for the future and perhaps offer him some competition.

It seems United’s efforts to sign Costa have been ramped up of late. A Bola reports the goalkeeper has ‘aroused the interest’ of the club and they sent ‘spies’ to watch him in February.

Reports have suggested United have made multiple trips to watch him of late, and they seemingly like what they see.

Erik ten Hag’s side will reportedly have to pay €75million (£66million approx) to snare the quality goalkeeper. It seems they could be willing to spend that money, too.

Indeed, the report suggests it ‘won’t be easy’ for Porto to keep hold of their prized asset. While it seems they’ll keep fighting to do so, they may find themselves in a tough spot if United are as keen as they seem.

In any case, a step to a bigger club seems like it’s in store for Costa, it’s more a matter of when than if.

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