Martin Dubravka is close to signing for Manchester United on loan. The 34-year-old shot-stopper will move from Newcastle to Old Trafford.
Dubravlka can provide cover for David De Gea, and allow for some rotation. The goalie appears to be coming on a season-long loan with a £5 million purchase option in his contract. After Dean Henderson left for Nottingham Forest, Erik ten Hag was eager to bring in a back-up for David de Gea.
Despite the fact that the England international’s transfer is just a loan, his recent criticism of the way he was treated at United may well suggest that a return is improbable. Henderson has been superb for the newly-promoted club, and even saved two penalties. He recently broke Harry Kane’s four-and-a-half-year streak in Premier League football.
Manchester United fans will feel frustrated if he slips away from the club. Meanwhile, Ten Hag will have to reconsider his long-term goalkeeping options as a result. But for the time being, 33-year-old Dubravka will be healthy competition for De Gea.
Dubravka: a good signing?
Dubravka impressed a number of people with his skills during his time at St James Park. However, due to injuries, Karl Darlow took his spot. Now, Newcastle United have signed Nick Pope, who has proven himself to be one of the best shot-stoppers in England over the last few years. As a result, Dubravka is a benchwarmer for the Magpies.
He recently talked to the media about missing out on gametime. Although it an be was in relation to Pope and Darlow, it can be held true for his situation at his new club as well.
I have ambitions to play obviously. And I am not going to hide that one, it’s the same for everyone. The goalkeeper position is special and unique, only one can be on the pitch.
Dubravka will hope that he can make his mark at Old Trafford, and get some good chances to play.
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