Manchester United set to announce double goalkeeper transfer announcement


Manchester United are reportedly close to making a double transfer announcement with former Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant set to become Jose Mourinho’s third signing of the summer with Sam Johnstone set to leave the club permanently for West Bromwich Albion. Mourinho has been searching for a third choice goalkeeper to be a backup for David De Gea and Sergio Romero with Joel Pereira playing that role for the last 18 months.

However, for Pereira to progress as a good goalkeeper, playing matches would aid his development more than training with the likes of De Gea and Romero day after day. Mourinho is said to rate Pereira highly and since his loan spell with Belenenses in Portugal 18 months ago, the 22-year-old will need to kick on in his career in order to develop as he has the potential to succeed. In a year’s time, the goalkeeping situation at the club could change. De Gea’s contract is due to expire next summer, although United has an option of adding a further year.

It is likely that De Gea will sign a new long-term contract at the Old Trafford club this summer and Romero, although his contract expires in the summer of 2021, might have ambitions to play as a first choice goalkeeper in the future, which would free up one or two places in the squad in that position. Grant’s contract will only be for a year with the club and it is highly unlikely that he will play many matches, if any at all, other than during pre-season with De Gea needing rest after the FIFA World Cup and Romero recovering from an injury which stopped him playing for Argentina.

Earlier this summer, Dean Henderson signed a new two-year deal with United just before heading out to Sheffield United for the new season with a bid to reevaluate his position next summer at the Theatre of Dreams after a season in the Championship, after playing in League Two and League One over the last two seasons. Manchester City signed veteran goalkeeper Richard Wright some years ago and he was the third choice goalkeeper at the club for four years, so this is not as strange as many will make it sound.

Having Pereira in the third choice goalkeeper position will be great for him but if he is not playing, instead of developing him, it will damage his career. Mourinho doing this, which in turn will allow the 22-year-old to head out on loan, playing first team football, is obviously better for footballing reasons. I don’t know why so many people are moaning about it. No matter what the club does now, you always see people moaning about it. We are living in some very strange times.

Grant is not expected to play much football but his experience in the game could help both De Gea and Romero, also the younger goalkeepers, who at stages of the season will be training with the first team, which is something Mourinho, and other managers over the past few years have done. Whilst it could be the end of the road at United for Johnstone, who has still not made a competitive appearance for the club, bringing in £6.5 million, which could rise to £10 million, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, is a great bit of business.

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