Man Utd open talks with LaLiga regularly after confirmed exit paves way for smart Ten Hag coup

Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou Credit: Alamy

Man Utd and Bayern Munich have both opened talks with representatives of a LaLiga regular who is open to a January move, and a recently confirmed exit has shed light on the real reason a move could occur.

Both Newcastle and Manchester United confirmed Martin Dubravka has returned to St. James’ Park earlier Sunday. The Slovakian made a surprise loan signing in the summer, costing the Red Devils £2million.

Dubravka played just twice for Man Utd and quickly fell behind Tom Heaton in the role of David de Gea’s primary back-up.

Both that Manchester Evening News and ESPN’s Rob Dawson reported that United were in doubt over whether Erik ten Hag would pursue a direct replacement.

Heaton is more than capable of supporting De Gea, as it now appears he will sign a long-term extension on potentially reduced wages.

The problem may stem from the current No. 3 – Nathan Bishop.

The 23-year-old lacks top-flight experience and is yet to make his senior debut for Man Utd. In the event of an injury or two to De Gea and/or Heaton, Man Utd’s season could be in the hands of a player who has never been at a higher level than League One.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer was often mentioned during December as a potential high class No.2. The Swiss veteran is out of contract at the end of the season and Gladbach can cash in as the current window is their last chance.

However, news on that front has gone cold over the festive period, with reports from France now claiming Man Utd are eyeing an alternative.

Man Utd battle Bayern for Bono

FootMercato report United have ‘started discussions’ with Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Commonly referred to simply as Bono, the 31-year-old is perhaps best known for his recent heroics with Morocco at the World Cup. But his bread and butter has come in LaLiga with Sevilla, where he has been No.1 for the past two and a half seasons.

The article claims that Bono is ‘not closed’ to the idea of ​​experiencing a new challenge ‘this winter’. However, United are not alone in opening negotiations, with Bayern Munich reportedly doing the same.

Bayern are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this month after Manuel Neuer broke his leg in a skiing accident.

The report concludes that Man Utd apparently want to install Bono as the new No.1 in place of De Gea if signed.

However, FootMercato’s the article came before the announcement that Dubravka had been recalled by Newcastle and it would make no sense for United to extend De Gea’s contract and then relegate him to the bench.

A more likely scenario would see Bono signed as the first-class replacement De Gea Ten Hag craves.

In that scenario, Heaton would return to being No.3 and Nathan Bishop could be loaned out again. He spent last season on loan in League Two with Mansfield Town.

A potential obstacle could come in the form of Bono’s own personal pride. Indeed, he is a regular starter at Sevilla and could take some convincing to drop the gloves for a bench role.

But if United can convince him to do just that, Ten Hag would certainly land a capable and reliable No.2.

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