Manchester United have reportedly made an approach to sign Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, with manager Erik ten Hag eyeing potential competition for David De Gea.
According to BILD, the Red Devils have made an ‘offer’ to bring the 32-year-old to Old Trafford before the September 1st deadline, although it is unclear at present if the Bundesliga side will accept the proposal for the Germany international.
A further report from Kicker suggests that the former Paris Saint-Germain ‘keeper – who signed for his current club on an initial loan deal in 2018 – could be handed a four-year contract by the Premier League giants.
Securing a new goalkeeping addition is believed to be one of United’s priorities as deadline day approaches, with recent days having also seen links to the likes of Switzerland ace Yann Sommer and Benfica’s Odysseas Vlachodimos.
Manager Erik ten Hag – who secured the first win of his tenure at home to Liverpool on Monday – is seemingly in need of a new recruit to help bolster his goalkeeping department, having seen academy graduate Dean Henderson join Nottingham Forest on loan earlier in the summer.
While the Englishman is set to return to his parent club next summer with no purchase option included in that temporary deal, the 25-year-old has somewhat burned his bridges back at the Theatre of Dreams following his explosive recent interview.
That has ensured that the England international‘s long-term future at United is now under threat, but in the short-term his absence has left 36-year-old Tom Heaton as the only senior contender for the aforementioned De Gea, with the youthful pairing of Matej Kovar and Nathan Bishop likely to head out on loan.
A quality reserve is needed to provide cover for the club’s first-choice Spaniard, although there is also an argument that any new arrival could even dislodge the long-serving ace, following his mixed start to the new campaign.
While the former Atletico Madrid man impressed against Jurgen Klopp’s side by making five saves, he had been under scrutiny following his error-strewn display in the 4-0 defeat to Brentford last weekend, admitting himself that he had potentially cost his team.
In Trapp, Ten Hag could well find someone who can push the 31-year-old both this season and beyond for a starting berth, as the German represents an experienced and in-form option for the former Ajax boss.
The 6 foot 2 giant was a vital part of Eintracht Frankfurt’s remarkable Europa League triumph last term, notably producing a “monster save” – in the words of Bruce Amani – in the final to deny Ryan Kent in extra-time as the Bundesliga outfit edged past Rangers on penalties.
His previous stint at PSG was also hugely impressive as he conceded just 61 goals in 91 games for the Ligue 1 giants, keeping 48 clean sheets in that time to prove himself a hugely reliable figure at such an elite club.
With time now running out in the transfer window, he could well be the ideal fit to apply adequate pressure on De Gea’s starting berth, while Ten Hag will also be in need of a strong alternative due to United’s continental and domestic cup commitments.