According to Turkish journalist Murat Zorlu, Manchester United has made an initial £2.5 million offer to recruit Fenerbahce striker Altay Bayindir this summer.
After failing to sign David de Gea to a new long-term contract, the Red Devils appear to have decided to sign a new shot-stopper during the current transfer window.
Inter star Andre Onana has been touted as Erik ten Hag’s main target, and the record Premier League champions have reportedly made an opening £39 million bid to acquire his signature.
The Nerazzurri, on the other hand, have rejected the deal because they want a fee of roughly £52 million. According to reports, United’s budget has been constrained by FFP rules, and they can only spend roughly £120 million net this summer.
After spending roughly £55 million to sign Mason Mount, United must now be cautious because they intend to bolster numerous other positions within the remaining cash.
As a result, Ten Hag’s team is lining up less expensive alternatives to Onana in order to enhance their goalkeeping situation this summer. Yassine Bounou, Robert Sánchez, and Justin Bijlow have all been suggested as potential targets for Manchester United. Bayindir, on the other hand, is emerging as a new possible choice.
Bayindir to Manchester United
Speaking to Sports Digitale (via the Daily Express), Zorlu revealed that Manchester United is interested in signing Bayindir this summer and has already made a £2.5 million approach for his services. It remains to be seen whether Fenerbahce accepts the Red Devils’ initial offer to let their star player leave during this transfer window.
It is surprising that United is considering signing the 25-year-old because his statistics do not show that he possesses the necessary qualities to play as a first-choice goalkeeper for a team of Man Utd’s caliber, keeping nine clean sheets with a saving rate of only 66% per game in 26 Super Lig appearances last season.
The Fenerbahce star’s passing accuracy was only 69% last season, which does not bode well for his ability with the ball at his feet. As a result, he may not be the best candidate to assist United accomplish their lofty goals next season, and they would be better off looking into a veteran goalie like Onana.
However, it will be intriguing to watch whether Manchester United decides to forward with this deal and sign Bayindir, who stands at 6ft 5in tall, this summer.