Man Utd scouting Diogo Costa and Unai Simon as they consider long-term replacement for David de Gea
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 27
De Gea is into the last year of his current deal (Picture: Getty)

Porto star Diogo Costa and Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon are two goalkeepers being monitored by .

David de Gea has retained the no1 spot at Old Trafford this season and is in the last year of his contract.

United have the option to extend that by a further year but Erik ten Hag indicated in a press conference earlier this month the club would not rush into a decision over the Spaniard’s future.

While not a natural fit for Erik ten Hag’s long-term plans, de Gea has adapted well to the Dutchman’s demands this season.

But with the Spaniard among United’s top earners, the cost of extending his deal by a further year is thought to be at almost £20million.

report that one option United are considering is negotiating to extend de Gea’s deal but on lower terms.

Long-term options are also being considered however with United’s chief goalkeeping scout Tony Coton set to spend the coming months travelling across Europe to assess options for the club.

Costa has been in fine form for Porto (Picture: Getty)

An option who can play for United ‘over the coming decade’ is being sought with Costa and Simon two names already on United’s list.

Costa, a Portugal international, has starred for Porto this season, saving two penalties in the Champions League to help his side qualify for the knockout stages.

More importantly, the 23-year-old is adept with the ball at his feet with reports last month suggesting he would cost around £30million.

Simon also on United’s radar (Picture: Getty)

25-year-old Simon meanwhile became Athletic’s long-term replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga following his move to Chelsea. He is expected to be Luis Enrique’s first choice goalkeeper for Spain at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

As is the case with most of their players, United have the option to extend de Gea’s deal by another 12 months. De Gea remains the firm first choice goalkeeper at the club with Dean Henderson shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest in the summer.

And while ten Hag says he is happy with the 31-year-old’s performances, he recently refused to be drawn on his long-term future at the club.

‘We didn’t make a decision on him but what I can say is I’m really happy with David De Gea as a ‘keeper,’ ten Hag earlier this month.

‘The first two games of the season were not his best performances but after it, you see he brings us a lot for the defence, the defensive department, he gives stability and, as a person also, I like him.

‘I can cooperate really well with him but first we go to the winter and then we will talk about how we deal with situations.’

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