Man Utd plan move for Portuguese ‘keeper

Manchester United are set to turn their attention to Sporting Lisbon Goalkeeper Rui Patricio to replace the outgoing Edwin van der Sar at the end of the season, according to The Sun.

Plans to land Athletico Madrid stopper David de Gea, 20, have stalled, possibly due to the high asking price of the Spanish side, who are looking for a bid in the regio of £18m.

In addition, Schalke ‘keeper Manuel Neuer has refused to consider a move to Old Trafford, and is close to sealing a deal with Bayern Munich.

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And so United have now turned to 23-year-old Portuguese international Patricio, who has previously been linked with a move to Inter in Serie A. Talks are reportedly set to take place in Lisbon in the coming days, with Sporting looking for £12m, having already rejected a bid of £7m.

Van der Sar, 40, should make his last appearances for Manchester United in the Champions League final against Barcelona, after-which he will retire.

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