Aston Villa look likely to miss out on goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy who is in talks with Manchester United, according to Villa news aggregator Read Aston Villa.
The site claims the Egyptian is in contact with United ahead of a possible move during the January transfer window.
David De Gea suffered a suspected groin injury on international duty last week and with Sergio Romero their only other experienced senior goalkeeper, United’s situation isn’t ideal.
Their other stoppers Joel Pereira, on loan, and Lee Grant, too inexperienced, aren’t ready to take over the baton of being De Gea’s understudy and the report believes United think El Shenawy is their man.
The same site reported that Arsenal and Villa were in talks for the keeper’s signature three months ago, but now it seems Villa are set to miss out.
Villa’s current first-choice Tom Heaton only joined the team in the summer for £7.92m from Burnley and has started all eight games so far, although his performances, on average, have been rated at 6.29/10 by Who Scored.
There’s no suggestion in the report about whether Villa intended to use him as a back-up for Heaton or if they see him being able to surpass him and claim the number one spot.
Mohamed El Shenawy still plays in the Egyptian league for Al Ahly and has never played in a foreign league, so it’d be a risk for whoever decides to take him on.
However, if Arsenal and United are sniffing around him then there’s clearly reason to believe he’d be worth Villa taking a chance on him if they can fight off the other two candidates.
With De Gea confirmed as United’s first choice, and him signing a new deal recently, it’s reasonable to believe El Shenawy would only ever be a back-up for the time being.
Villa might have a similar vision for him, though at least he’d have more chance of removing Heaton given his age, so the Egyptian might be tempted by Smith’s side more than people think.
It’d be worth jumping back in with some interest to test the waters and gauge his desire to play first-team football.
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