Manchester United have all but dropped their interest in Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp following revelations over his fee.
The conversation around the Red Devils this summer has been in midfield and up front. A deal for Frenkie de Jong now looks unlikely after several weeks, but Casemiro has moved to Old Trafford instead.
Up front, talk of a deal for Ajax striker Antony is intensifying ahead of the final week of the summer transfer window.
Still, the goalkeeper remains a key area for Man Utd to strengthen due to recent developments. Dean Henderson left for Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season.
It means 36-year-old Tom Heaton is the only assistant for David de Gea, whose long-term future at Old Trafford remains uncertain. Suddenly, United are looking for reinforcements between the sticks. And Frankfurt star Trapp, 32, has emerged as a key target.
Previous reports spoke of United submit a bid for £8.4m to the defending Europa League champions. The Red Devils are also said to have an enticing long-term deal on the table for Trapp.
However, The Telegraph now claims that Man Utd have all but withdrawn their interest in the Germany international.
Indeed, Erik ten Hag’s side fell short of Frankfurt’s £21m (€25m) price tag.
Manager Ten Hag wants a ball-playing centre-back, with De Gea coming under fire for his recent failure to do so.
Ten Hag is also a fan of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Swiss striker, Yann Sommer.
But The Telegraph claims United are also unlikely to move for the 33-year-old. Watford’s Daniel Bachmann is a third goalkeeping target on the Red Devils’ summer radar.
Trapp interest amid Man Utd dilemma
The interest in Trapp – now retired – came amid a potential dilemma within United’s goalkeeping ranks.
De Gea is entering the final year of his current contract, which United have the option of extending. Nevertheless, Ten Hag wants a ball-playing centre-half and was clearly looking for one.
As for Henderson, we still don’t know what will happen with the English hopeful next summer.
He gave an explosive interview earlier this summer in which he slammed the club for costing him – in his own words – a year of his career after promises of playing time alongside De Gea failed to materialize. not materialized.
Man Utd could therefore do with a new signing between the sticks, but that has to suit the club.
And Trapp and Sommer, although established goalkeepers and both international players, clearly don’t tick all the boxes.
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