Craig Gordon set for move to Old Trafford?
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MANCHESTER United are believed to be preparing a £15m bid for Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon in the summer.
The Scottish international is on Sir Alex Ferguson’s radar and with Edwin van der Sar expected to retire in the summer and second-choice keeper Tomasz Kuszczak having failed to persuade the Old Trafford boss that he is a natural successor, the Red Devils could come in with a record-breaking bid for Gordon.
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn and manager Steve Bruce are intent on building Sunderland into a leading force in the Premier League and see the Black Cats as a buying, rather than a selling club.
But if Sunderland could make a major profit on the keeper and reinvest some of the cash in another keeper, it would still leave substantial funds for strengthening other areas in the summer.
For Bruce, the prospect of a big-money sale in order to strengthen in areas might be tempting, especially as Gordon would have only a year remaining on his contract this summer and could leave on a free in 2012 unless a lucrative new contract was agreed at the Stadium of Light. (Sunderland Echo)
Manchester United are known to be in the market for a goalkeeper, with Edwin Van Der Sar’s impending retirement making the position a priority.
Though Anders Lindegaard was signed earlier this season, he is deemed to be no higher than third choice at the club behind Van Der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak, with young Englishman Ben Amos also in contention.
A month ago, the media claimed that the fee for Craig Gordon would be £12m, but that has now risen to £15m in today’s newspapers.
Gordon could of course have over a decade at Old Trafford if he plays for as long as Van Der Sar did, but nevertheless in today’s market £15m seems rather steep.
Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon remains the world’s most expensive goalkeeper ever at £30m, and the closest fee for the position is the £10.5m paid for Angelo Peruzzi by Lazio in 2000.
While Craig Gordon is undoubtedly talented, and his save against Bolton in December was absolutely phenomenal, his lack of consistency means whether he is worth becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in ten years remains to be seen.
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