Date: 5th May 2021 at 5:56pm
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After 10 years, it appears that David De Gea’s tenure at Manchester United could be coming to an end this summer, with reports suggesting that the Spaniard will push for an exit after being demoted to second choice ‘keeper. 

The 30-year-old has found himself on the bench of late, with Dean Henderson instead preferred between the sticks by Ole Gunnar Soskjaer.

With the experienced stopper unlikely to settle for a bit-part role at United next season, it seems a move away may be the only viable option for both sides, and it seems that the Red Devils are already planning for life without De Gea.

According to ESPN, The Red Devils have entered into the race to re-sign West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone.

Despite the Baggies’ poor form and impending relegation, the Englishman has impressed this term and has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the division.

Johnstone’s 137 saves this season is more than any other Premier League ‘keeper.

The 28-year-old spent nine years at Old Trafford without making a first-team appearance, before departing in 2018 for £6.5m.

With West Brom’s relegation almost a certainty, a number of the club’s players could be of interest to top flight clubs.

According to the report, United will face competition from both Tottenham and West Ham for Johnstone’s signature.

It is rumoured that West Brom want £18 million for the player, however a clause inserted into the deal in 2018 may mean that United can reduce that price tag.

Solskjaer reportedly wants a proven goalkeeper who will be able to challenge Henderson for the number one spot next term.

West Ham are apparently considered to be the favourites to sign Johnstone as David Moyes, who managed the ‘keeper at Old Trafford, has promised he would start regularly.

Tottenham, meanwhile, is considered an unlikely destination for Johnstone due to uncertainty over the future of Hugo Lloris and the vacant managerial role at the club.

 
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