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Manchester United Consider Move for £12m Rated Keeper: Highly Rated Goalie On Ferguson Radar

by Steven Constable

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Ferguson is looking for a long term replacement for his Dutch master and could opt to bring Russian to Old Trafford.

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ITAR-TASS 111: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. APRIL 6, 2010. CSKA s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev allows a goal during a UEFA Champions League game CSKA Moscow vs. Inter Milano. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Vladimir Astapkovich) Photo via Newscom

Manchester United are apparently considering a move for CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev. The talented Russian international has long been considered a possible long term replacement for veteran Edwin van der Sar and Sir Alex Ferguson may well be leaning towards the possibility of making an offer for the 24 year old.

Speaking of the keeper last year the Old Trafford boss stated “I have to say he is a fantastic goalkeeper.
“He is athletic, with a powerful build, and his distribution his good.”
and as a result there was much speculation that a move could be made for the Moscow man but at the time Ferguson was quick to state he was happy with the options he had at the club.

Since then however, Ben Foster has been offloaded to St Andrews’ and clearly first choice van der Sar is not getting any younger and may well call it quits at the end of this season, by which time he will have turned 40.

Even though Akinfeev is just 24, a baby in goalkeeping years, he has amassed a great deal of experience at both club and international level. After eight seasons in the CSKA first team he may feel the time is right for a new challenge, not least because he has already the domestic league on three occasions as well as a UEFA Cup triumph back in 2005.

A move for the keeper would however not come cheap with some valuations believing he could cost as much as £12m, such is the standing of the highly rated keeper.

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