United 'pondered' De Gea alternative switch - reports

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Manchester United were interested in signing Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic during the summer, according to the player's agent.

The Premier League champions were in need of a goalkeeper in the summer, and eventually opted to recruit David De Gea from Athletico Madrid.

But before bringing in the Spanish Under-21 international, United were reportedly interested in Udinese's Handanovic.

“Samir was on the wish lists of two great clubs," said Federico Pastorello.

“Bayern Munich and Manchester United were keen but they decided otherwise.

Although these doors have now closed, I’m sure Samir will have other opportunities in the future.”

“Samir has clear ideas, if he does leave Udinese it will only be for a top club," he added.

"I think a goalkeeper of his quality is worth around €15 million (£12.8m).”

Following a shaky start at United, De Gea has grown into the No.1 jersey at Old Trafford helping the club to the joint best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League.

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