Man United have Watford shot-stopper, Daniel Bachmann, on their list of potential transfer targets this summer.
David de Gea looks increasingly likely to enter into the new season as Manchester United’s first-choice shot-stopper.
The rumours surrounding Dean Henderson’s future are growing, with the Englishman looking set to leave on loan, while Nottingham Forest will have the option to buy Hendo outright.
With that in mind, it may leave United with no choice but to bring in a new back-up. Don’t forget that Lee Grant retired this summer, leaving just De Gea and Tom Heaton.
Having that third choice is vital in the case of injury. Enter, Daniel Bachmann.
According to The Athletic, United are considering a move for the 27-year-old goalkeeper, who recently suffered relegation with Watford.
Bachmann is on a list amongst a ‘number of names’ the Red Devils are looking at to fill the supporting role behind De Gea.
In terms of transfer fee, around £2-4m should get the job done so it goes without saying this is a reasonably minimal chunk of the budget being spent.
There’s no doubt that a move for a reserve goalie is an absolute necessity if Henderson does leave. In an ideal world, though, it’ll be a one or two year contract for Bachmann, with a view to giving Henderson the number one jersey at some point over the same time period.
My fear is that Hendo will end up being bought outright by Forest because he’s an excellent goalkeeper. That’ll then leave United with the tough task of replacing De Gea, for what’ll probably be a huge transfer fee in a couple of seasons.
In terms of Bachmann, he’d be a steady backup. Whether or not he can deal with the pressure of playing for the biggest club in the country is another matter entirely.
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