Manchester United are reportedly keen on adding competition to the goalkeeping department this summer following Dean Henderson’s season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest.
Henderson’s departure, along with Lee Grant’s exit on a free transfer, has left Tom Heaton as the only senior alternative to David de Gea for Erik ten Hag.
And the Spaniard has struggled so far this campaign, prompting the club to scour the market for options to add competition. Heaton, despite his vast experience, is not expected to play regularly this season.
According to The Sun, United are keeping tabs on a trio of goalkeepers to make up a three-man list of options to ensure United are not light in that area by the end of this summer’s transfer window.
As per the report, Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer is emerging as the top candidate to be drafted in to provide competition for De Gea. The 33-year-old has been a regular for the German side since 2014 and United scouts reportedly watched him on Friday night.
Alongside Sommer on the shortlist, United are even considering a move for Norwich shot-stopper Tim Krul. Watford ace Daniel Bachmann is also said to be an option.
It’s clear that United must sign a goalkeeper before the end of the transfer window. Ten Hag is a suspension for De Gea away from relying on Heaton, who played just once last season.
It’s likely that United will make a short-term signing in that area but long-term planning is also necessary. De Gea has just one year remaining on his deal at United and there are also questions over Henderson’s suitability.
Sommer, at 33, would be the perfect stop-gap into a long-term signing. United have been linked with Leeds star Illan Meslier but the Yorkshire club are unlikely to sell to United.