Manchester United has reportedly launched a bid for Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, with manager Erik ten Hag looking for competition for David De Gea.
What exactly is the word?
According to BILD, the Red Devils have made an ‘offer’ to bring the 32-year-old to Old Trafford before the September 1st deadline, although it is unknown whether the Bundesliga club will accept the proposal for the Germany international at this time.
According to Kicker, the Premier League heavyweights may offer the former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, who joined his current club on an initial loan agreement in 2018, a four-year contract.
A new goalkeeper is thought to be one of United’s top objectives as the deadline approaches, with recent days seeing links to the likes of Switzerland’s Yann Sommer and Benfica’s Odysseas Vlachodimos.
Ten Hag requires him.
Manager Erik ten Hag, who achieved his first win of the season against Liverpool at home on Monday, appears to be in need of a new goalkeeping signing, having seen academy graduate Dean Henderson join Nottingham Forest on loan earlier this summer.
While the Englishman is due to return to his parent club next summer with no purchase option, the 25-year-old has partly burned his bridges back at the Theatre of Dreams following his explosive recent interview.
That has put the England international’s long-term future at United in jeopardy, but in the short term, his absence has left 36-year-old Tom Heaton as the sole senior challenger for the aforementioned De Gea, with Matej Kovar and Nathan Bishop likely to go out on loan.
A quality reserve is required to provide insurance for the club’s first-choice Spaniard, yet there is also the possibility that any new acquisition might unseat the club’s long-serving ace, following his inconsistent start to the current season.
While the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper impressed against Jurgen Klopp’s side, he had been under fire following his error-filled performance against Brentford the previous Saturday, conceding that he had potentially cost his team.
Ten Hag may have found someone in Trapp who can challenge the 31-year-old for a starting spot this season and beyond, as the German is an experienced and in-form alternative for the former Ajax manager.
Last season, the 6 foot 2 behemoth was a critical part of Eintracht Frankfurt’s incredible Europa League success, executing a “monster save” – in the words of Bruce Amani – in the final to deny Ryan Kent in extra time as the Bundesliga club beat out Rangers on penalties.
In that glorious European journey, the £6.3m-rated behemoth had conceded just 13 goals in as many games, and he has now maintained 59 clean sheets in 261 outings across his two stays at his present club.
His previous term at PSG was also excellent, as he conceded just 61 goals in 91 games for the Ligue 1 giants, while also keeping 48 clean sheets to establish himself as a dependable figure at such an elite club.
With the transfer window closing, he might be the ideal fit to put enough pressure on De Gea’s starting spot, although Ten Hag will also require a solid alternative given to United’s European and local cup commitments.