The future of Manchester United’s goalkeeping position remains uncertain for the 2023 season. The Telegraph report the club are hesitant to extend David de Gea’s deal.
There is now further intrigue amid reports Manchester United are tracking Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, report The Metro.
Here is a look at the key facts you need to know about the potential signing for next summer…
1) Costa, 23, is Porto’s number one goalkeeper, making his top flight debut at 20 back in 2019.
2) He has made 78 first team appearances conceding 73 goals, including nine Champions League appearances.
3) Costa is a Portugal international with seven caps, and is now first choice. He is the only player to break in as a regular to Portugal’s World Cup starting XI since Euro 2020.
4) He was actually born in Switzerland but grew up in Portugal, and has been representing his country since under-15 level.
5) He is under contract at Porto until 2026 and has a release clause of £51 million, reports Record.
6) Like most top Portuguese stars, Costa is represented by Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency.
7) Costa has been busy winning trophies with Porto, with two league titles and two Portuguese Cups.
8) He also led Porto to win the UEFA Youth League in 2019, beating a Chelsea side 3-1 in the final which featured Connor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour.
9) His trophy success extends to international youth football too. Costa helped Portugal win the European under-17 Championship in 2016, and the European under-19 Championship in 2018.
10) The largest league defeat Costa has ever suffered for Porto is a 3-1 loss against Rio Ave. He did however lose 5-1 to Liverpool in the Champions League in 2021.
11) He chose to wear Porto’s number 99 shirt made famous by goalkeeper Vitor Baia.
Diogo Costa’s style of play
Costa stands tall at 6ft 4″ and is a strong shot stopper. Most pleasing from a Manchester United perspective is his ability to command his box, and act as a sweeper-keeper.
De Gea ranks in the bottom one per cent of goalkeepers for passes attempted not including goal kicks, while Costa is inside the top two per cent.
Costa has the ability to be a transformative goalkeeper for United, at an affordable price. His £51 million release clause would be a price worth paying.