Manchester United Close In On £14m Keeper Akinfeev

Ferguson very keen on Russian custodian

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Manchester United encouraged to step up interest in goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
Manchester United have been encouraged to step up their interest in Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev following CSKA Moscow’s decision to listen to offers for the 23-year-old in January.

With Edwin van der Sar approaching his 39th birthday on Oct 29, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has started the search for a long-term replacement for the Dutch goalkeeper. (Telegraph)

With jury well and truly out on Ben Foster It is not surprising that Sir Alex is trawling Europe for a long term replacement for veteran Edwin Van der Sar. Igor Akinfeev is a top notch keeper and at just 23 he has already achieved a great deal. In his six years at CSKA he has won the Russian title three times and the UEFA Cup and has been a regular in a hugely successful international set-up.

He is a confident customer and would surely be one of the first names on Ferguson’s wishlist and if indeed his Russian club are willing to listen to offers for the £14m rated goalie then it does seem that this transfer has potential.

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