Manchester United are set to sign Belgian starlet Ilias Moutha Sebtaoui from Standard Liege as they look to bolster their goalkeeping options for the future.
According to the Daily Mail United scouts have been impressed by the 16-year-old’s performances of late and the club appear confident of beating the likes of Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur to his signature.
Plans for the future
Given his young age it makes sense to assume he won’t be in Louis van Gaal’s immediate plans for the future, but with so much going on at Old Trafford regarding goalkeepers it could be of interest to keep an eye on his development.
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The future of current Red Devils number one David de Gea is far from secure as the summer transfer window looms large, and so Van Gaal is sure to want to start building for the next few years.
If De Gea leaves
The Dutchman currently boasts Victor Valdes in reserve, and the Spaniard will almost certainly become the main man between the sticks if De Gea departs for Real Madrid.
Other rumours have suggested Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris could be purchased, although the fanciful speculation has been limited to mere gossip until now.
Sebataoui or alternatives
Sebtaoui, who will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois by securing a move to England at a young age, isn’t the only young ‘keeper United are looking at, confirming that the club do indeed want to ensure they have options in the position in the future.
It’s said they’ve given trials to Benfica youngster Joao Virginia and Tomasz Kucz of Polonia Warsaw, and are looking to tie down Joel Pereira to a new deal.
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