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Can Swindon Town take advantage of Man Utd GK merry go round

Manchester United has been the home of some of the world’s greatest goalkeepers throughout footballing history, particularly of late. Peter Schmeichel, Edwin Van Der Sar, and of course David De Gea. However, the Reds currently have a wealth of shot-stopping talent currently in their ranks already…

Man Utd now have six quality goalkeepers at their disposal, following Dean Henderson’s return from his fantastic loan spell with Sheffield United.

It has recently been reported that Man Utd’s second goalkeeper Sergio Romero is attracting other Premier League clubs, with reserve keeper Joel Pereira getting interest from leagues lower down.

According to journalist Alex Nixon on Twitter: “Man Utd keeper Kovar is in the building.”

The building he is referring to is The County Ground, owned by League Two side Swindon Town. Or ‘former-League Two side, as the team have recently been promoted to EFL League One following a strange season for football.

The Czech 20-year-old keeper joined from Czech side Slavacko in January 2018 and has impressed in the Man Utd academy since his arrival, and might have been on Swindon’s radar ever since. As the move is looking to be finalised in the near future, it suggests that Kovar wants to be a first-team regular over being a back-up for a top side.

The significance of these goalkeeper stories is due to Dean Henderson’s return to Old Trafford. The player has just signed a six-year contract with Manchester United as he sets his future on overtaking David De Gea for the number one spot between the sticks.

At only 23 years of age, the Englishman is lucky to have De Gea, who turns 30 in November, as his elder to learn from. Interestingly enough, though, both keepers had similar stats last season. Both had 13 clean sheets in the league and Henderson and De Gea came away with 97 and 96 saves respectively.

Henderson will be earning up to £120,000 per week on his new deal, making him one of the best-paid goalkeepers in the sport. After helping his loanee club Sheffield Utd to a promotion, and then having a fantastic Premier League campaign with the same club. The nature of this deal makes it quite obvious who will be the man De Gea passes the glove onto. The only question is ‘when?’.

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