De Gea replacement? 23-year-old goalkeeper agrees Manchester United deal

Manchester United's David de Gea.

Manchester United want to bring in competition for David de Gea REUTERS/Peter Powell.

Manchester United are looking for a quality goalkeeper to challenge David de Gea and have been linked with the likes of Andre Onana and David Raya in recent weeks.

The Spaniard is in talks over a new deal, with his current contract at Old Trafford scheduled to expire on June 30. However, keeping his inconsistent performances and limited ability in possession in mind, United have not given De Gea any assurances over his place in the squad.

It is believed Ten Hag is keen to sign a goalkeeper, and The Telegraph have claimed United are interested in Onana and AC Milan No 1 Mike Maignan. The former delivered a brilliant performance for Inter in the Champions League final. The Red Devils are also keeping an eye on Raya, but are unlikely to pay Brentford’s £40m asking price.

The United boss has a limited budget to work with and a number of positions to address. As such, spending big on a goalkeeper is not a realistic option. But Ten Hag may already have an in-house solution to the conundrum.

Nathan Bishop has impressed for the Under-21s and was named on the bench four times in the Premier League last season.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper, who joined the club from Southend United in 2020, has signed a new one-year deal after United triggered an option for an additional year, the Manchester Evening News have reported. He was out of contract this summer.

It is further added that due to uncertainty surrounding the goalkeeper situation at United, Bishop is unlikely to leave on loan.

Another young goalkeeper – Bart Verbruggen – has shown the potential to suggest he could replace De Gea in the long term. The Premier League side are understood to be monitoring the 20-year-old Anderlecht star.