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19th Jan 2023

Man United face competition from Chelsea for David de Gea’s successor

Robert Redmond

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Both clubs are in the market for a new goalkeeper.

Manchester United are interested in signing David Raya from Brentford, according to reports, but face competition from Chelsea for the Spanish goalkeeper. Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in signing Raya this summer.

The Red Devils are searching to sign a new goalkeeper to act as competition for David de Gea, and potentially be the goalkeeper’s long-term successor.

De Gea’s current deal with Man United will expire in the summer and the Spanish international is in talks over a new deal. The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper earns a reported €400,000 a week on his current contract but is expected to sign a new deal on reduced terms.

De Gea joined Man United from Atletico in 2011 and has made over 500 appearances for the Red Devils. He was named the club’s player of the year four times.

De Gea, 32, remains an excellent shot-stopper but there have been questions about his distribution and suitability for Erik ten Hag’s system. As such, Man United are exploring their options for the goalkeeper position.

De Gea could face competition from Raya if he remains at Old Trafford, with the Brentford ‘keeper on United’s radar, according to The Telegraph.

Raya has 18 months left on his contract with The Bees and is not expected to sign a new contract. The club may need to sell him this summer or risk losing him on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is excellent at playing out from the back and has caught the eye of several clubs.

Chelsea are also reportedly interested in the Spanish goalkeeper, who has made 45 appearances in the Premier League for Brentford.

The Blues have gone on a transfer spending spree since Todd Boehly bought the club last summer. They are said to be in the market for an upgrade on Eduard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Tottenham are also searching for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris and are understood to be interested in signing Raya.

The Brentford goalkeeper was included in Spain’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar and has won two caps for the country.

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