Manchester United are on the verge of signing 27-year-old Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. The previous Lazio goalkeeper is at present out of contract after virtually ten years with Lazio within the Italian prime flight, after becoming a member of the membership’s academy in 2012.
The Albanian free agent went on to make 164 appearances within the league for the Italian giants, carving out a repute for himself as some of the revered shot-stoppers within the nation.
In response to a report by 90min, the Pink Devils are near finalizing a deal to convey Strakosha to Previous Trafford, with the participant eager on making a change to the Premier League amidst curiosity from league rivals Chelsea and newly-promoted Fulham.
Manchester United have been linked with a transfer for a goalkeeper all summer season, with names like Watford’s Daniel Bachmann and Newcastle’s Karl Darlow reported as real targets for the membership and supervisor Erik ten Hag. Hyperlinks for these two appear to have gone chilly over the previous few weeks, which may pave a path for Strakosha to hitch United’s goalkeeping union.
Dean Henderson, who served as De Gea’s deputy for a big a part of final season after failing to dislodge the Spanish worldwide, not too long ago accomplished a transfer to Nottingham Forest looking for first-team minutes. This, coupled with the sooner exit of Lee Grant, made all of it extra essential for the Reds to handle the goalkeeper place.
Strakosha seemed prone to make a change to Fulham earlier than the transfer hit a snag resulting from collapsed talks and strained relations between the Cottagers and the participant’s super-agent, Pini Zahavi. The West London membership has since been reported to be near bringing in Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, signaling the top of their pursuit for Strakosha.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was additionally reportedly within the 19-times-capped goalkeeper as a backup to Senegal’s Edouard Mendy within the occasion of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s exit from the membership.
The Albanian may doubtlessly turn out to be Erik ten Hag’s second summer season signing of his new period as Manchester United supervisor after the membership efficiently accomplished a coup for younger Dutch and former Feyenoord defender Tyrell Malacia.
United would definitely be getting a keeper with enough pedigree. Strakosha would arrive on the membership in fine condition after ending final season as Lazio’s first selection man between the sticks over Pepe Reina. The 27-year-old completed the final time period with seven clear sheets in 23 appearances. In complete, Strakosha has recorded 62 clear sheets throughout his 208 appearances in purpose for the Biancocelesti in all competitions.
The Athens-born keeper can be a much-needed reinforcement for United. Virtually each top-flight membership operates with at the very least three lively first-team goalkeepers. Strakosha would symbolize an inexpensive and first rate possibility for United, coming with little to no danger in any respect. On the floor, it seems to be good enterprise by the membership with out compromising the summer season’s switch finances.
If he passes his medical and completes his transfer to the Theatre of Goals, Strakosha will head out to Bangkok to hitch the remainder of his teammates who kicked off the squad’s pre-season tour.
It stays to be seen by all United followers what position Strakosha would play inside United. Will he be the quantity two to De Gea, or will he fall under 36-year-old Tom Heaton within the goalkeeping pecking order?
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