Manchester United finalising the proposal to sign Portugal international

Portugal pose for a team group photo before the match.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Diogo Costa REUTERS/Jon Nazca.

Manchester United are reportedly finalising a proposal to sign Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa, with David de Gea waiting for the club to sign off his new contract.

United want to extend the contract of De Gea, whose current deal runs out at the end of the month. However, Erik ten Hag isn’t willing to give assurances to his Number 1 – who produced a disappointing performance in the FA Cup final at Wembley – over his role in the United squad for next season.

De Gea, who’s currently the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world, has agreed terms on a new contract on a reduced salary. But it is understood United are yet to sign the document.

Manchester United looking for a new goalkeeper

Ten Hag wants to sign a new goalkeeper who is more comfortable with the ball at his feet, and a report in Portugal has suggested the Old Trafford outfit are working on securing the signing of Costa.

According to Correio da Manhã, United are finalising a proposal to sign Porto’s Number 1. It is added that the Portuguese giants need to make money before the 30th of June and Costa is the squad’s most valuable asset.

The United boss, despite his desire to add a new goalkeeper, isn’t keen on spending a significant part of his transfer budget on the goalkeeping department.

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The 23-year-old has a £65million release clause in his contract and so far Porto have indicated Costa will only leave if it’s triggered. However, their alleged difficult financial situation could see them soften their stance.

United are also interested in Brentford’s David Raya but are reluctant to pay the London outfit’s £40m asking price for the 27-year-old who will be a free agent in 2024.