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Five goalkeeping transfer options

May 1, 2011

This summer promises to see a lot of transfer speculation surrounding the men holding the number one jerseys for the top clubs in the Premier League. Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all need to better their goalkeeping options.

The mistake by Tottenham’s goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on Saturday against Chelsea was overshadowed somewhat by the debate over whether or not the ball had crossed the line. Instead of the focus being on how the Brazilian allowed Frank Lampard’s tame shot to go through his body, he reopened the goal-line technology discussion. His clanger cannot be ignored and if Harry Redknapp really believes he can establish Spurs as a regular side in the Champions League, he needs a new goalkeeper.

Manchester United will lose Edwin van der Sar at the end of this season to retirement. That said, rumours continue to speculate that United are working hard to convince him to continue playing for another season such will be the task of replacing him. Just cast your mind back to the high number of goalkeepers that the Old Trafford side went through trying to replace Peter Schmeichel. It could be the same again for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Arsenal have needed a really commanding goalkeeper for some time now. Arsene Wenger has been through Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny this term looking for a solid ‘keeper between the sticks. Szczesny is currently the favoured man for the position but his mix-up with Laurent Koscielny that cost Arsenal the Carling Cup has caused questions to be asked of his temperament.

Luckily for Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp, I’m here to help. I’ve put together a list of goalkeepers capable of being a reliable number one for any Champions League and Premiership title-chasing sides.

Manuel Neuer, 25, Schalke 04, reportedly available for £20 million

Manuel Neuer has tipped to move onto a bigger club for nearly two years. The 25 year-old came through the Schalke youth system but his hometown club have not grown in the same rate to his talents and now it is time for him to move on.

A deal with Bayern Munich is pretty likely to be concluded with the German number one supposedly eager to remain in his homeland; but that isn’t to say it’s guaranteed. Neuer is seen in the top two or three European goalkeepers and against Manchester United, he produced a performance that will only cause to increase the asking price. His defence in front of him were picked apart at will and it was only Neuer’s brilliance that kept the final score to 2-0. At 25, he has still got his future very much in front of him.

David de Gea, 21, Atletico Madrid, reportedly available for £18 million

Having graduated through the Atletico Madrid youth system, David de Gea took advantage of some costly mistakes by number one Sergio Asenjo and a change of coach to end last season as the number one goalkeeper at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. Despite being so young, de Gea has been constantly praised for his high levels of concentration and maturity in goal.

He is widely regarded to playing beyond his years and was even considered for Spain’s 2010 World Cup although he was ultimately left out in favour of Iker Casillas, Jose Reina and Victor Valdes. De Gea continues to impress with his weekly performances although if serious rumours are to be believed, a deal taking him to Manchester United has already been sown up. There may be nothing for Arsene or Harry to chase.

Hugo Lloris, 24, Olympique Lyonnais, reportedly available for £16 million

Lloris left his hometown club Nice in 2008 to chase silverware with Lyon. In the three seasons with Lyon, he is yet to lift a trophy and his patience has seemingly run out. Last month, he was caught on camera shouting that his teammates “crapped themselves” after throwing away a two goal lead against Nice in injury-time. He also made sure to avoid questions about his future plans in a France Football interview.

Juventus are probably the favourites to win the signature of Lloris this summer but even if they do snap up the French number one, that’ll only pave the way for Gianluigi Buffon to leave the Stadio Olimpico and he’s not a bad ‘keeper either.

Shay Given, 35, Manchester City, reportedly available for £9 million

When Shay Given was left on the bench at the start of this season, quite a few people watching on assumed that the Republic of Ireland international was injured. It wasn’t until Roberto Mancini confirmed after the game that Joe Hart was his preferred number one that the speculation about Given’s future started.

The 35 year-old is more than accustomed to the Premier League and has more than enough experience. A year on the side-lines may have reduced his sharpness although it is probably nothing that a good pre-season can’t fix; of course, that’s assuming Man City are willing to sell. The club can afford to keep Given out of the clutches of their rivals although the new financial regulations that every club must meet does mean they will have to look at way of reducing their wage bill and that could see Given moving to new pastures.

Maarten Stekelenburg, 28, Ajax, reportedly available for £12 million

Maarten Stekelenburg may be older than the other foreign imports available but he does possess incredible experience in massive games. The tall goalkeeper was part of the Netherlands side that reached the final of the 2010 World Cup and as such, should be able to handle the pressure and scrutiny of playing for a big club.

Every summer seems to come and go with Stekelenburg being linked with a move and it has never materialised although this year has to be seen as slightly different. Maarten has only got one year left on his deal with Ajax and there is little talk of a new deal being worked on. It appears that the Dutch international is ready for a new challenge.

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  1. May 1, 2011 10:50 pm

    The best value for money has to be Shay Given. He’s tried and tested and has been one of the best keepers in the PL for years. Full medical needed on that shoulder injury though.

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