According to Sky Sports, Andres Lindegaard is having a medical at Carrington this afternoon. Aalesund chairman Bjarne Haagensen has revealed he is currently in England with Lindegaard’s agent, Henrik Hoff, to talk with United.
“Henrik and I are in place in Manchester,” Haagensen told TV2.
So if the deal goes through, we survey what Manchester United will be getting for the reported £3.5m fee.
The 26 year old shot stopper will come to Manchester United with very little experience. He has only been capped three times by Denmark, but has kept two clean sheets. As well as this the keeper has a presence in goal, standing at 6’4.
Lindegaard has been touted as the new Peter Schmeichel in the Danish press and few could argue with this. He is a strong commanding goalkeeper who has a presence in goal. The keeper has an excellent command of his area, with excellent handling skills, he will a huge success in English football. As well as this he is a superb shot stopper, well skilled in getting down low despite his height. Lindegaad is also a very agile goalkeeper. He is quick to get up from saves, demonstrating these skills against Portugal in a recent international.
Despite his apparent talent, Peter Schmeichel himself has criticised the goalkeeper. The ‘Great Dane’ has expressed his surprise in the transfer, claiming the goalkeeper is not good enough.
‘We are talking about Manchester United here.’
‘You can look at young talent, you can look at young, good players. You don’t want that. You want someone who can go straight away and give performances in 80% of the games the No 1 keeper will play Manchester United.’
The worry is that Schmeichel works for Danish television and has watched the keeper for many years. Although United have sent out Eric Steele to watch Lindegaard, have United done enough homework on the goalkeeper? We will wait to see, but the Danish press have heaped a huge amount of praise on the goalkeeper. With every new signing, there is a worry that they wont make the grade but if he performs as he has for Denmark this season, the goalkeeper will have no problems settling in at Old Trafford.
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