Speaking to The United Stand, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Manchester United have been regularly monitoring the performances of Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
The Red Devils currently have David de Gea as the undisputed choice in goal and talks are already underway over a new long-term contract with the Spaniard.
Despite this, United continue to be linked with goalkeepers and Costa’s name has been constantly mentioned by Portuguese outlets over the past few months.
Romano has now revealed that the Red Devils have been watching the 23-year-old since September or October but added that he would require guaranteed games at United.
The reputed journalist revealed that Brentford’s David Raya would have the same stance and he won’t be surprised if De Gea remains the club’s number one next season.
United unlikely to sign new goalkeeper
De Gea’s position has come under scrutiny on a few occasions this season. He has made a couple of howlers against Brentford and Everton in the Premier League and FA Cup.
The Spaniard has also gifted possession in the final third lately. Despite this, he continues to receive the full backing from manager Erik ten Hag and is likely to stay as the number one.
Talks are ongoing over a new deal beyond June with a huge pay-cut. In our view, the club will stick with De Gea between the sticks for another season at least before considering their options.
Costa is one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe at the moment, but he won’t come for cheap. Porto recently committed him to a new long-term contract with a €75 million release clause.
With United’s prime focus being a marquee striker and a central midfielder, we don’t see them making a such a huge outlay on Costa when the transfer window reopens this summer.
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