The 25-year-old is now widely regarded as one of Germany’s most valuable International shot-stoppers and has won plaudits worldwide for his performances between the sticks. Adler was unfortunate to miss out on the World Cup this year due to a serious rib injury.
Now, following interest from Manchester United, Adler looks set to join the Premier League club in a deal worth £20.5million.
Bild have reported that Adler, whose contract expires in 2012, has an exit clause in his current deal that would allow him to leave should Manchester United make an approach for him. The 25-year-old dreams of playing for Man Utd and had an exit clause placed in his contract should the Old Trafford outfit ever approach Leverkusen regarding his services.
Furthermore, Leverkusen’s sporting director, former Germany striker Rudi Voller, had added fuel to the fire by suggesting that they are powerless to stop United from taking one of their prized assets.
“We want to offer him a new contract,” Voller is quoted as saying.
“But if you get a club like Manchester United after him you can do nothing.”
United look set to lose Edwin van der Sar to retirement in the summer and have been desperate to replace the ageing keeper in tie for the new season. Fergie has already snapped up Danish shot-stopper, Anders Lindegaard from Aaelsunds FK, but it is thought that he will most likely be used as a back-up.
Fergie has also been linked to a move for Schalke’s Manuel Neuer but competition from Bayern Munich may have scuppered any potential deal. Now Sir Alex will look to bring in Adler by the summer ready for the start of the new season in August 2011.
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