Manchester United are looking to improve their goalkeeping department and they are heavily linked with Portuguese international, Diogo Costa.
Earlier this month, Correio da Manha reported that the Red Devils are following the Porto shot-stopper to eventually replace David De Gea at Old Trafford.
Transfer: Man Utd told initial £44million fee can get signing done – Report
More recently, yesterday, Diario de Noticias revealed (news image provided below) that Man Utd are leading to agree the signing of Costa.
The Portuguese news source claim that some of the biggest European clubs are after the 23-year-old star but the Old Trafford outfit are in the pole position.
Costa’s current deal with the Dragons will expire in 2026 and it has a release clause £52.4million. DN report that interested parties are aware the asking price is £52.4million and there will be no discounts whatsoever.
Former Porto attacker, Maniche, who won the Champions League in 2004 under Jose Mourinho, believes the release clause is extremely low.
The 44-year-old told Diario De Noticias:
“Diogo Costa is not only one of the best goalkeepers in Europe at the moment but also in the whole world. I honestly think the clause value is short for his quality. Take the example of Kepa, which sold for 80 million, or Alisson and Courtois.”
If Man Utd do splash £52.4million to secure the signing, Diogo Costa would become the most expensive transfer of a Portuguese league goalkeeper abroad.
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