Manchester United transfer news: Impressive free stopper Walter Benitez to replace De Gea at Old Trafford?
Manchester United should take a look at Nice stopper Walter Benitez, if they decide to sell Davide De Gea in the summer.
Now, there has been a lot, and we mean a lot, of transfer speculation in the media over the past few days which have shockingly suggested that United will look to offload De Gea for a fee of around £80 million at the end of the season to help fund their transfer business.
United may be one of the biggest clubs in the game, and one of the richest, but they are lacking in key areas of the pitch, meaning that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need the type of funds it would take to spend around £200 million to improve the squad, something that reports are suggesting will not happen unless players are sold.
And with reports Dean Henderson is tipped to put pile the pressure on for a starting berth next season, it is increasingly likely that offers will arrive at the end of the season, especially as De Gea is regarded as one of the finest stoppers in the game right now.
And if United are eyeing up possible replacements for the Spaniard, then they should take a serious look at Benitez, who is fast making a real name fro himself over in the French League with Nice.
Benitez may not be a household name in England but the Argentine has prevented more goals than any other ‘keeper in Ligue 1 this season, according to xG data.
The 27-year-old is represented by agent Mino Raiola and looks set to leave the south of France this summer as he is out of contract, having helped Nice currently sit sixth in the table with 97 saves to date – only two stoppers in the division have recorded more.
Look, losing De Gea would be a massive blow if he does leave the club, but if Henderson is the future, then Benitez could be a top back-up?