Manchester United are already performing medical tests on Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir as the Premier League outfit weigh up a deal for the Turkey international.
With Altay Bayindir suffering a recent back injury, Manchester United appear to be in no mood to leave anything to chance.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Super Lig glovesman is already undergoing medical tests with the Old Trafford outfit over in Greece. Should he pass, United will then decide whether or not to seal a bargain deal for a man with a £4.3 million release clause in his contract.
Man United running the rule over Altay Bayindir
United acted similarly when signing Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta. While the £64 million striker has missed their Premier League clashes with Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur, United were obviously satisfied that Hojlund’s own injury issues were not serious enough to keep him out of action for an extended period of time.
Should they reach a similar conclusion with Bayindir, then Old Trafford could be home to a new goalkeeper between now and September 1st.
Bayindir, labelled a ‘special person and a special personality’ by Fenerbahce president Ali Koc, would act as United’s new ‘number two’ behind Andre Onana. He would likely take the place of Dean Henderson too. The former Nottingham Forest loanee is in talks over a move to Crystal Palace.
A potential bargain signing
Turkish reporter Yagiz Sabuncuoglu goes one step further than Ornstein. He writes on Twitter that United have now ‘agreed’ to pay the 5 million euro release clause in Bayindir’s Fenerbahce contract.
The 6ft 6ins giant is, therefore, far more affordable than the likes of Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica) and Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord). United also had discussions with Zion Suzuki. The Japan international, however, opted for regular first-team football in Belgium, joining Sint Truiden instead.