Manchester United are in talks with Stoke City over a possible deal for goalkeeper Lee Grant, Sky Sports News understands. It is believed that the Potters will allow the 35-year-old to leave on a free transfer.
The rationale behind this transfer is that United would need injury replacements for David de Gea and Sergio Romero in goal. Grant is expected to be the third-choice keeper, with Joel Pereira sent out on loan to gain experience.
Stoke signed Grant on a permanent deal from Derby in January 2017. He was initially brought in on loan as cover for the then-injured Jack Butland.
Grant made 30 appearances for Stoke that season. But he featured just three times in the Premier League last term.
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A move to United, however, does not seem to leave him in any better of a position. Both Romero and De Gea are regular starters for their respective countries. Lee Grant, on the other hand, has no shot at making an appearance for The Three Lions.
Romero was ruled out of the ongoing World Cup with a knee injury suffered late in May. He was the mainstay between the sticks for Argentina during their qualification campaign. La Albiceleste finished third behind Brazil and Uruguay in South America’s World Cup qualifiers.
Spain, meanwhile, topped their own qualification group in Europe. They have advanced in first place to the Round of 16, despite some errors from De Gea costing them points in the group stages.
The Spanish shot-stopper had a world-class campaign last year, though, and is a firm choice as United’s first-choice goalkeeper. He has routinely won United’s Player of the Year awards over the last 5 years.
The lone saving grace for Grant through such a move, thus, would be to finish his career at a Champions League club. This would easily be the most high-profile move he could possibly make.