COAST DRIES IN PORTO IN HALF OF MATCHES
Two days ago, Liverpool officially closed the deal for PSV leader Cody Gakpo, thus keeping him out of Manchester United’s nose. The Mancunians had been courting the footballer for a long time and were sure that he would move to Old Trafford in the winter, but at the last moment everything changed. Now the Red Devils have focused on another signing. This is the Porto player and the Portugal team Diogo Costa.
United have been eyeing the 23-year-old goalkeeper for a long time. The first reports linking him to the Mancunians appeared as early as October. The performance in the World Cup at least did not demolish Costa’s performance in the eyes of the Mancunians. In five matches, he conceded six goals, but only Youssef En-Nesiri’s goal, when Costa unsuccessfully went to the flank, can be considered a serious mistake. And he was also remembered for a comedic moment at the end of the match with Ghana, allowing the opponent to jump behind him.
At the same time, you can take into account the fact that a rather young goalkeeper has never taken part in such nervous matches, when the attention of not only the whole country, but the whole world is riveted on you. But at the club level it is very good. In 33 games last season he conceded only 22 goals, and in 15 games (almost half) he left the door closed. The current season has started just as well for him: six clean sheets out of 13.
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It is clear that United do not want to sign Costa to put main goalkeeper David de Gea at their back. It is reported that Erik ten Hag personally wants to get a young goalkeeper with whom he will build a future, and the Spanish goalkeeper may change residence. Significantly, club bosses activated the automatic extension clause for Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot and Fred, but left De Gea out.
In fact, the problem is not in David’s qualities. At a recent press conference, ten Hag grabbed the 31-year-old goalkeeper and expressed confidence that he could play even better. However, the club believes that he crossed the line with his salary. Still, £375,000 a week is too fat even for Manchester United. If he agrees to throw the hundred, the club is willing to offer him a new contract. Otherwise, at the end of the season, he will be able to leave Old Trafford.
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Consequently, the club must play it safe and find a new first number. The Spanish publication AS assures that Manchester United is even about to break the record for goalkeeper signings. The current one is £70 million (Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea) and Costa’s is £65. It is assumed, however, that Manchester United will be willing to deliberately overpay to show who the father is.
It is important that the club let everyone know that it is capable of attracting the planet’s top talent under its banner, which is why the bosses are willing to pay £72m for Costa. After all, money has never been a problem for United and, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, additional funds have been released. At the same time, if the deal goes through, it will only happen in the summer, when it will finally be known if De Gea will stay. Everything will depend on his decision.