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FROM ITALY: Man United in advanced talks to agree deal for €35m-rated AC Milan keeper


Man United, Newcastle United, and Tottenham are all expressing their interest in signing Milan shot-stopper Mike Maignan. Tottenham and Man United have even approached his representative with a lucrative five-year deal in recent months.

France international rose through the PSG youth ranks before moving to Lille, where he earned a reputation as a superb reflex goalkeeper with a penchant for stopping spot kicks. Maignan was named Ligue 1’s best shot-stopper for the 2018/19 campaign as Lille bucked the trend to pip PSG to the Ligue 1 title the following campaign.

Fresh off the back of losing star-boy Donnarumma to PSG on a free transfer, Milan wasted no time in snapping up Mike from Lille in a bargain €14m deal in 2020. And it’s safe to say they have found an ideal replacement for the Italian international.

If anything, the 27-year-old shot-stopper has been an upgrade on the Euro 2020 winner thanks to his ball-playing strength. It took the French goalkeeper very little time to become an undisputed starter for Milan, as well as a firm fan favourite.

Man United can’t afford to miss the boat in signing a ball-playing keeper in Maignan. David De Gea’s deal is set to expire in the summer of 2023, although Man United have the option to extend it by another year. For United, it is the ideal chance to free up substantial wages on their wage bill and rebuild the playing squad according to Erik ten Hag’s vision.

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