Man United will have to spend big in order to acquire Diogo Costa, if that’s the goalkeeping route they choose to go down.
Manchester United Football Club chose to extend the contract of four first-teamers yesterday, triggering a one-year contract clause within their deals. Weirdly, David de Gea didn’t fall into that group.
If you believe reports, the Spaniard is in talks with the club over a long-term deal on lower wages. Make of that what you will.
Reports from Portugal seem to think different. Correio da Manha have the latest, with a mini-translation coming from the BBC Gossip Column. They link United with a move to sign Porto goalkeeper, Diogo Costa.
According to their sources, the 23-year-old star will cost United £65m if they want to sign him next summer – that’s because Porto will demand Costa’s release clause is met.
The Portugal international certainly fits better in line with Erik ten Hag’s way of playing than David de Gea does. The Dutch manager is a big believer with playing out from the back – an area in which Costa excels.
However, for anyone who watched the World Cup, I cannot be alone in thinking that Costa was a little underwhelming in pretty much every other aspect of his game. He made some dodgy decisions, wasn’t the greatest when it comes to shot-stopping and even his distribution didn’t look as good as say Ederson or Alisson’s…
£65m would represent a huge outlay for a goalkeeper who isn’t necessarily an overall upgrade on De Gea – who seems willing to stay for a reduced price… To me, this is an easy decision to make. Stay away from Costa, buy yourself another season or so with De Gea.
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