Almunia Out of Arsenal, Adler In for Manchester United
Goalkeepers look set for moves in this January’s transfer window for both Arsenal and Manchester United, with Almunia seemingly on his way out Arsenal, while German stopper, Rene Adler may be on his way to Manchester United as Ferguson prepares for life without Edwin van der sar.
Firstly, with Almunia. The 33 year-old Spaniard has fallen out of favour in the Arsenal team, and is now the third choice goalkeeper, with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski ahead of him in the pecking order. Galatasaray, Athletico Madrid and Malaga have all been rumoured to be interested in Almunia, and Wenger appears to admit that the former Arsenal number ones situation is far from secure, as when asked whether he will leave said:
“There is a small chance. Yes, I have had a chat with him, but nothing is decided. We are in no-man’s land at the moment on that front.”
After conceding three goals against West Brom in Arsenals 3 – 2 loss back in late September, Almunia has not played as much as he would have liked. A move away to a club that could guarantee him first team football, and a club that could put up with a few errors now and then, will be a team Almunia would jump a the chance of joining.
Arsenal’s title rivals, Manchester United also have a goalkeeping situation on their hands as Edwin van der sar is set for retirement at the end of the season. Anders Lindegaard has already been signed, and Ben Amos has been sent on loan for experience, while Tomasz Kuszczak has more or less threatened to leave unless he is made the number one keeper. This is probably unlikely, and Sir Alex Ferguson knows that. He want a more experienced, top quality goalkeeper, and Rene Adler is reportedly on of the names on his shortlist.
Before the January transfe window, Ferguson claimed he wouldn’t be bringing any new faces to Old Trafford. He has now changed his mind, and said:
“I’d like to get one player in during the transfer window if I could.”
25 year-old German goalkeeper Rene Adler has not been shy about expressing his love for Manchester United. He has a clause in his contract which states that if United are to bid £15 million, his current club, Bayer Leverkuen must let him go. Adler was a fan of United as a child, and Peter Schmeichel was his idol:
“I have told the Leverkusen board that I am not willing to discuss any new contract until April. The board of the club are aware of the special clause in my contract.
“As a kid, my friends were interested in cartoons, MTV and German TV programmes, but I was the only interested in one person – Peter Schmeichel – who was in goal for Manchester United.”
“I thought he was fantastic and loved every minute he was on TV with United. My whole bedroom was full of Schmeichel posters and United things”
Who better to have at your club than a quality player that has dreamed of playing for your team as a child? There will be no question of his comitmn to the club, especially as he went to the trouble of creating the unusual get-out clause.
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