“I have no intention to leave the French club. Of course, certain interests are nice, but here I feel good and I will work always for the good of my team.”
With the impending retirement of Edwin van der Sar it was thought that Lloris was the the prefered choice to replace the Dutchman, but now that it appears that the 24 year old will be staying in France. Who else is Sir Alex likely to look at to replace his Dutch giant, here in no particular order are my goal keeping answers to the question:
– Manuel Neuer
At 24 years of age, the Schalke number 1 is relatively young for a goalkeeper and has years ahead of him. After coming through the Schalke youth sides and reserves, he eventually made his debut for the first team during the 2006-2007 season after deputising for the injured Frank Rost.
He went on to become the first choice goal keeper for both club and country and
he was between the sticks for the World Cup in South Africa last Summer.
He is known for his kicking which is exceptional, he looks to get play moving quickly, and his accuracy is fantastic. His shop stopping is very good too and his reflexes are noticably quick. There may be competition from Bayern Munich should Sir Alex decide to move for the Schalke stopper so it may become an expensive affair in goalkeeping terms.
– Rene Adler
There must be something in the water in Germany that creates a string of excellent goalkeepers. Adler is older than Neuer at 26 years old, but again in keeping terms he is now entering his prime. The keeper was first thrust onto the scene in 2007 and has demonstrated his excellent shot stopping ability ever since, and he has gone to too make 154 appearances for the side in 5 seasons, and has been capped by the national side 9 times.
The interesting situation with Adler is that as a Manchester United fan he has a release clause in his contract which is specifically for bids coming from the Old Trafford side, Leverkusen director Rudi Voeller confirmed the clause existed and it is thought to be around £17million.
– David De Gea
De Gea is a lot younger than the previous two posibilities, at only 20 years old he is quite young in terms of goalkeepers. He joined the club at 10 years old and has worked his way up through the different youth teams, until he made his debut for the first team in 2009.
He has now become first choice for Atletico Madrid and has been long admired by the Old Trafford hierarchy. The keepers style is so close to that of Van Der Sar that his team mates refer to him as Van der Gea and this similarity to the Dutch stopper may make him the prefered choice of Sir Alex. His club have made it clear in the past that they would find it difficult to hold onto the Spanish keeper so there is a good chance that a deal could be done without too much trouble.
In the past United have had many problems with goalkeepers, and when it came to replacing Peter Schmeichel they made a bit of a mess of the whole process, I am therefore certain that the Manchester United boss will do his best to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself and this time sign a keeper who will stay for years to come.
Lloris would have been my first choice for the Old Trafford side, but now that it appears that deal can’t be done, I would have thought the best option for United could be Manuel Neuer, it may be an expensive deal to put together at around £22million and with the intense interest from Bayern Munich it could be complicated, but quite simply I think he is the best keeper available.
Either way whoever it is that comes in to play between the sticks, with the recent signing of Anders Lindegaard, the future for Tomasz Kuszczak looks less than rosy!
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