Man United ‘considering move for Gregor Kobel’ – even if David de Gea signs new contract – with Erik ten Hag ‘eager to create competition and ensure he has different tactical options’ in goal for the season next
- United have been in talks with De Gea for some time and it looks like he will stay
- The Spaniard struggles with his feet, however, while Kobel is comfortable
- De Gea has struggled this season despite winning the Golden Glove in the league
Manchester United are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel as they look to boost their depth between the sticks.
There has been a lot of interest surrounding the Red Devils’ number one position with David De Gea out of contract this summer, although talks are progressing and the Spaniard is set to sign a new deal.
United wanted him to take a pay cut from his mega £375,000-a-week wage, and negotiations are ongoing, but they appear to be finally coming to an end.
United would have had to move for a new goalkeeper if a deal couldn’t be agreed, or trust Dean Henderson to make the move after his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.
According The Independenthowever, United can make the move for Kobel even if De Gea stays, creating room for competition for their starting goalkeeper spot.
Manchester United consider move for Borussia Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel
David de Gea (pictured) is close to signing a new contract but Erik ten Hag wants competition
The United boss would also like tactical flexibility with his goalkeepers
Despite struggling this season, De Gea has won the Premier League’s Golden Glove Award with 16 clean sheets so far this campaign.
The 32-year-old struggled with manager Erik ten Hag’s style, struggling to play from the back with the ball at his feet and getting caught on several occasions.
He has been in talks with the club over a new deal but the Red Devils were demanding he take a significant pay cut from his mega salaries donated by Ed Woodward.
His new contract of around £200,000 a week puts him in line with the rest of United’s back line and it has become clear to the player given his inconsistent form, brilliant one week and weird the next, that no one Europe would not offer him. more.
De Gea has struggled this season but the United boss is keen to keep him at the club
Kobel, meanwhile, could be offered a new contract at Borussia Dortmund but could still leave
Kobel, meanwhile, is much more comfortable on his feet and has enjoyed a successful season with Dortmund as they continue to chase the Bundesliga title.
The German side plan to offer the 25-year-old a new contract themselves, but he has attracted interest from several Premier League sides, including United and Chelsea, and may choose to move.
He has made 74 appearances for Dortmund since joining the club from Hoffenheim in 2021 and has become a reliable player for manager Edin Terzic in goal.
If he chooses to join United again, it’s likely the club will look elsewhere to bring in another goalkeeper this summer.