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Man Utd pinpoint ‘perfect’ keeper to rival David de Gea following Brentford disasterclass

Manchester United are interested in signing Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as their No. 2 after identifying the Bosnian stopper as the ‘perfect’ backup to David de Gea.

The current Red Devils goalkeeper has had a disastrous start to the season, allowing goals in both of United’s humiliating defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

 Manchester United have found themselves somewhat short of goalkeeping options after agreeing to let highly-rated Dean Henderson join Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan earlier this summer.

The Old Trafford club has been looking for a new goalkeeper for several months, but they have yet to find one as the transfer window enters its final two weeks.

Despite being linked with the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer and Leeds’ Illan Meslier, it appears United have identified Begovic as the ideal backup to De Gea, with Tom Heaton regarded as the club’s third-choice this season.

According to The Telegraph, the Red Devils consider the 35-year-old Toffees stopper to be the ‘ideal’ No 2 option.

United are thought to value Begovic because of his wealth of Premier League experience and proven ability to step up when needed.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international rose through the ranks at Stoke City before moving on to assist Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea and Gianluigi Donnarumma at AC Milan.

Last summer, the veteran joined Everton as Jordan Pickford’s backup, making five appearances in the Premier League and two in domestic cup competitions.

Begovic has also emerged as an appealing option for United, as he would help the club meet their homegrown quota in their 25-man Premier League squad.

Everton are thought to need to find a replacement for Begovic before a potential deal can be struck, though the Toffees appear unwilling to entertain talks about a possible transfer.

Frank Lampard is said to be adamant about keeping his No. 2 at Goodison Park this summer.

Everton are said to be confident of retaining Begovic until the end of his contract, which expires next summer.

De Gea’s contract is also set to expire at the end of the season, but United have the option of triggering a one-year extension to keep him at the club until 2024.

Despite United’s interest in a number of goalkeepers, Erik ten Hag backed De Gea at the weekend after a disastrous performance against Brentford, reaffirming his belief that the Spaniard can make the transition to a ball-playing keeper.

He said: “I am convinced that he can do it. And it’s obvious the second goal, okay [he was at fault]. He showed already I have seen in training and in the first games that he can do that.”

Man Utd pinpoint ‘perfect’ keeper to rival David de Gea following Brentford disasterclass

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