Manchester United are ‘working on a deal’ to sign Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer on a free transfer next summer, reports ESPN.

The 33-year-old’s contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires in June and the Red Devils are free to enter pre-contract discussions with Sommer and his representatives about a potential move to Old Trafford from 1 January.

Erik ten Hag delved into the free transfer market during the first transfer window in charge of the twenty-time league champions after signing Christian Eriksen following the Dane’s departure from Brentford.

Sommer played three times at the World Cup in Qatar, and he was in goal for Switzerland’s 6-1 hammering against Portugal in the round of 16, which saw Goncalo Ramos score a hat-trick past him.

Manchester United ‘working on a deal’ to sign Yann Sommer as free agent

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Sommer, who has 80 caps to his name for his national side, has been at Gladbach for the last eight-and-a-half years following his move from Basel.

According to ESPN: “Ten Hag is looking to refresh the goalkeeping department ahead of next season.”

Martin Dubravka is expected to return to Newcastle United following the conclusion of his season-long loan.

Dean Henderson will return to United with Nottingham Forest not having the option of making the one-time England international’s season-long loan move to the City Ground permanent.

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United’s pursuit of Sommer will however raise question marks regarding David de Gea‘s future.

De Gea has amassed over 500 appearances for the Reds after being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

But the Spaniard’s contract at the Theatre of Dreams expires in June, and while United have the option of triggering a 12-month extension inserted in the 32-year-old’s deal – ESPN report United are yet to open talks over a new contract.

De Gea has been Ten Hag’s number one throughout the season, but he wasn’t included in Spain’s World Cup squad with Luis Enrique preferring Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez and David Raya.

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