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Manchester United planning to trim number of goalkeepers in summer

Tom Gott
Feb 18, 2021, 12:10 PM GMT
Man Utd currently have a lot of goalkeeping talent on their books
Man Utd currently have a lot of goalkeeping talent on their books | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United hope to free up some space in their wage budget by cutting the number of goalkeepers at Old Trafford in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently has four goalkeepers in his first-team squad, but only David de Gea and Dean Henderson have actually played this season.

De Gea & Henderson both have hefty wages
De Gea & Henderson both have hefty wages | RICHARD HEATHCOTE/Getty Images

Both Sergio Romero and Lee Grant have been out on the fringes, and according to the Manchester Evening News, they could both be let go in the summer as part of United's ongoing effort to shrink their wage budget.

Romero is actually understood to be fifth-choice at the club, with academy youngster Nathan Bishop ahead of him in the rankings as well, and the Argentine is now expected to be released at the end of the season.

The Red Devils had the chance to loan Romero out last summer, with Everton keen to get a deal done with a £2m loan fee, but United stood firm and demanded closer to £10m to offload a player who was well down the pecking order.

Romero is expected to leave Old Trafford
Romero is expected to leave Old Trafford | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Romero is expected to be released alongside 24-year-old Joel Pereira, who has spent the season as a backup goalkeeper for Huddersfield Town.

Another reserve goalkeeper, 22-year-old Paul Woolston, is facing being shown the exit door this summer, but a final decision is yet to made on the future of 38-year-old Grant, who joined in 2018 and has played just twice for the club.

His contract expires in the summer, and he is not expected to be offered fresh terms as a player. However, as first revealed by the Daily Star, United are keen to keep Grant around and could offer him a spot on their coaching staff.

Grant could become a coach
Grant could become a coach | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

With De Gea and Henderson taking home a combined £400,000-a-week, United are keen to avoid spending too much money on other goalkeepers who are highly unlikely to actually play any football. They currently spend close to £600,000-a-week paying all their shot stoppers.

Bishop could see himself promoted to third-choice goalkeeper at the club, with Czech youngsters Matej Kovar and Ondrej Mastny doing the business in the Under-23s.

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