United plot £21m summer swoop for UEFA Footballer of the Year

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Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

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

The Dutchman announced last week 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 this 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.

Brazil stopper, Cesar, was named one of UEFA's Footballers of the Year at a ceremony in Monaco in August, having added to his impressive reputation during Inter's treble winning season.

Cesar - who turns 32 this year - is valued at £21 million, so may not represent the greatest long-term investment for United, who are more likely to move for younger alternatives Maarten Stekelenburg and Manuel Neuer.

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