United prepare swoop for €24m next Old Trafford hero

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to make Manuel Neuer their new no.1 goalkeeper.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils will make their move for the Germany international in the summer as they seek to fill the void left by the departure of Edwin van der Sar.

The Dutchman announced today that he will hang up his gloves in May and the search for United to find his successor is now on.

The acquisition of a new 'keeper will have been on the mind of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, and he has already set about reinforcing his ranks.

Danish stopper Anders Lindegaard has already signed for the Red Devils but he is not expected to fill the no.1 jersey, so United will be on the lookout for a reliable gloveman come the summer transfer window.

Ferguson always had a sense that Van der Sar would quit Old Trafford at the end of the season - admitting as much upon the signing of Lindegaard.

“We haven’t finalised our thoughts on the goalkeeping situation," the United supremo said.

“Edwin has massive experience and you can’t buy that, so it’s a difficult one because he has been a great goalkeeper and will be hard to replace.”

Current United no.2 Tomasz Kuszczak has also been tipped to leave Old Trafford come the summer window, so the Red Devils are likely to be scouting a number of potential signings.

They will, however, add Schalke goalie Neuer to their ranks - if the Daily Mail are to be believed - in a deal that could cost United in the region of €24 million.

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