Manchester United are reported to have renewed interest in Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

German newspaper BILD claims Sommer is expecting to move to the Premier League next summer as a free agent and has interest from Manchester United.

Sommer is currently at the World Cup with Switzerland, where he has 79 caps for his country and will be going up against Bruno Fernandes’ Portugal.

He has been at Moenchengladbach since 2014 and is open to a fresh challenge.

Swiss outlet Blick reported early in the summer that Sommer was shortlisted by Manchester United in the summer.

The Sun reported in late summer that United were continuing to scout him, and he soon after set a Bundesliga record by making 19 saves in a win over Bayern Munich.

But at the time, Sommer would have commanded a fee – and he would have wanted to come in and start, rather than be a back-up like eventual loan signing Martin Dubravka.

Now he will be available on a free transfer in summer 2023 when his contract at Moenchengladbach runs out.

In addition to being a strong shot-stopper, Sommer is good with the ball at his feet and would fit the need for a new, modern goalkeeper.

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Crushing blow for David de Gea

Sommer would potentially come in to replace David de Gea, whose contract at Manchester United expires next June.

De Gea has shown improvements under Erik ten Hag and is aiming to earn a new contract extension.

The Spaniard will be alive to the scenario United could ditch him and choose to replace him. He will also recognise that United may wish to go for a younger goalkeeper like Diogo Costa, and find a new long-term replacement.

But to find himself cast aside for a stopper who turns 34 in a fortnight, two years his elder, would be a crushing blow for the current number one.

Logic should prompt United to prioritise a younger goalkeeper rather than Sommer, but Edwin van der Sar was in his mid-30s when he signed for the club.

If Erik ten Hag believes Sommer is the right man to be his goalkeeper for the next three years, then he will get the full support of fans.

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