Old Trafford boss alerted by target’s interest in potential move.
Igor Akinfeev has set his sights on a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United as he looks for a new challenge away from Russia.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper, who has already made 40 appearances at international level, attracted admiring glances following his performances for CSKA Moscow in last season’s UEFA Champions League.
He has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford for some time, with current United No. 1 Edwin van der Sar drawing towards the end of his career.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been tipped to bring in a new shot-stopper this summer and Akinfeev has spoken to compatriot Andrey Arshavinabout the club.
Akinfeev admits he would be keen to join one of the Premier League giants, having heard glowing reports about Arsenal from Arshavin.
“Arsenal and Manchester United are two of the very best clubs in the world,” Akinfeev told the Daily Star Sunday.
“If both of them are going to be looking for keepers this summer – or even the next summer – then of course I am interested. (Sky Sports)
The CSKA Moscow man looks destined to leave his Russian club after seven years of first team service and a move to Old Trafford may well be on the cards. Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a fan of the 24 year old who has a vast array of experience and has a very safe pair of hands and could well be an ideal replacement for veteran Edwin van der Sar.
Having offloaded Ben Foster to Birmingham City and seemingly not being too keen on Thomas Kuszczak as a sound first choice starter, a new keeper has been high up on Man United’s list of transfer targets this summer and the likes of Artur Boruc (now at Fiorentina) and Manuel Neuer were repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League side.
Akinfeev is clearly enamoured by the interest shown by United and could be purchased for around £8m and would surely be a useful signing that the club would be very interested in sealing.