Van der Sar replacement search twists towards €20m 'other' Bundesliga keeper

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Manchester United's search for a successor for Edwin Van der Sar appears to have turned towards Rene Adler.

The German international stopper is thought to have a buy-out clause in his contract in the region of €20 million, and Manchester United will have to pay in the region of that to bring the player to Old Trafford.

Manuel Neuer, Hugo Lloris and Maarten Stekelenburg have all been linked with moves to the Red Devils, and Sir Alex Ferguson is set to move for one of the stoppers after Van der Sar announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

That news has left Manchester United searching for his successor between the sticks, and it appears the club will look to bring in a stopper rather than promote Tomasz Kuszack to the No.1 spot.

“Rene Adler has been a supporter of Manchester United since he was a child and he has a buy-out clause in his current contract just in case United come up," Rudi Voller told Sport 1.

“This clause is in a region of beyond £17m. We have the ambition to keep him at our club and we are in good talks. We have the intention to see him sign on for more seasons.”


Bayer Leverkusen are clearly desperate to keep the stopper at the Bay Arena, but his support of Manchester United could prove to be pivotal in their chase of the stopper.

Adler has spent his entire career with the Werkself since making his debut in 2003, and the 26-year-old could be interested in expanding his career with a move to the Barclays Premier League and Manchester United.

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