Man Utd 'eye goalkeeper alternative' after missing out on Gianluigi Donnarumma transfer

 United have been beaten to Donnarumma's signature by PSG but could use the transfer to launch a fresh bid for a new target as they weigh up extra competition between the sticks


Manchester United are reportedly one of three clubs eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

The Costa Rican stopper, 34, looks likely to depart the Parc des Princes this summer amid the expected signing of Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer from AC Milan.

PSG look to have beaten off all competition - including from United - to land Donnarumma, who will almost certainly take up the No.1 jersey at the club.

Naturally, Navas is not particularly pleased with the Italian's potential arrival, and has already made his feelings known in a thinly-veiled dig at PSG in a post on his Instagram account.

“Gift your absence to those who do not value your presence," he wrote, in an apparent signalling of his intentions to seek a switch elsewhere.

PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas warms up prior to the French Cup final
Keylor Navas is a target for three clubs including Man Utd, reports claim 

It is not the first time Navas has been usurped as first choice by his employer, after he was demoted to back-up by Real Madrid following their signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in 2018.

That was despite him playing a part in all three of Madrid's successive European Cup wins from 2015/16 - 2017/18.

Navas forced his way out of the Bernabeu a year later to join PSG, where he has won the French league title, as well as featuring in the Champions League final.

According to Marca, Juventus, Milan and Manchester United are all interested in signing Navas this summer.

A move to Milan would effectively complete a swap deal, with Donnarumma obviously going the other way, though PSG would not want to let Navas go without a fee.

His contract in Paris is currently due to run until 2024, with PSG said to be demanding €12million (£10.3m) for his sale.

That could tempt Juventus, who are in the market for another keeper amid the imminent departure of veteran Gianluigi Buffon, who is expected to join his old club Parma.

United could rival the Serie A giants for Navas, though still have their own goalkeeping conundrum to solve.

Both David de Gea and Dean Henderson are set to return for pre-season training with ambitions of being United's No.1 going into the new campaign.

It is still thought that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favours De Gea over his understudy, but failure to grant the younger Henderson his chance could force the England star to seek pastures new.

Dropping De Gea to the bench would also be a contentious decision, and it is unlikely he would want to play second fiddle after all these years as a regular starter.

Discussing his two options last month, Solskjaer said: "I’m really pleased with the two of them, it’s difficult to have that kind of rotation, you don’t rotate that much normally, I’ll have to find a solution for next year definitely.”

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