Man United identify goalkeeper who could challenge De Gea for number one spot

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keen on bringing in a young, emerging talent to provide competition for David De Gea’s starting spot at Manchester United. 

De Gea has been heavily criticised by large sections of the fanbase this season after several indefensible errors, most notably in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.

The Spaniard’s disastrous performance against Chelsea was not simply an aberration and Solskjaer will be concerned with the form of his number one goalkeeper.

But despite De Gea’s downturn in form, deputy Sergio Romero has still been overlooked in the key matches and it has become clear that Solskjaer does not see the Argentinean veteran as a realistic challenger to De Gea’s throne.

And according to a report by ESPN‘s Mark Ogden, United scouts have identified highly-rated Napoli shot-stopper Alex Meret as a possible target as they explore all possibilities in the goalkeeping department.

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Dean Henderson’s future remains up in the air, but ESPN note that the 23-year-old is likely to spend another season out on loan.

And Meret, who is the same age as Henderson, is being monitored as a potential signing if Henderson or De Gea leave the club within the next year.

Meret is an Italian international showing plenty of promise in the Serie A and he is certainly a player to keep an eye on in the coming months.

The youngster has 32 appearances in all competitions for Napoli this season.

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