Manchester United are reportedly interested in Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
According to Duncan Castles’ report in The Daily Record, the Red Devils have been quoted a fee of €35m (£31m) for Maignan.
The Old Trafford outfit face uncertainty over the future of David De Gea claims the report, with the Spain international currently assessing his options as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his contract. Maignan is one of a number of possible replacements.
PSG and Ajax are also eyeing moves for Maignan, who was crowned Ligue 1 goalkeeper of the year by his fellow professionals after a breakout season with Lille.
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There’s no question Maignan has talent. The 23 year-old has just been included in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the first time, despite a plethora of top goalkeepers being available to the World Cup winning boss.
And the youngster deserves it too, as he kept 17 clean sheets in 42 games in all competitions this season, conceding 37 times as his side finished second behind PSG.
However, the Frenchman’s style is eerily similar to that of Loris Karius during his time at Mainz. Both are erratic ‘keepers capable of pulling off miraculous saves. Both are excellent shot-stoppers and in the elite bracket of goalkeepers when it comes to pure reaction speed.
Both players also love to fly off their line at any given opportunity though, and Maignan is perhaps best known for his aggression, aggression that often finds him out by the corner flag or scampering around his box trying to get back in position.
Quite simply, the youngster is wild, and will give the Old Trafford faithful heart attacks every time he goes near the ball. His style simply doesn’t lend itself to the intensity of the Premier League, where strikers will not allow him to pull off some of his ridiculous stunts, which you can see plenty of here.
It is worth noting that Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes are also adventurous goalkeepers, but the pair are always in control and maintaining composure, which is the key difference compared to Maignan, Karius and others like them.
As Karius found out, it only takes one mistake for the uncertainty to grow through both the fans and players beyond the point of no return, and Maignan has more than a few of those mistakes in him. Signing the young Frenchman would be a disaster waiting to happen.