Eastlands keeper wants to move to Old Trafford but will Roberto Mancini let him?
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Shay Given ‘prepared to reject Arsenal and Celtic for Manchester United’
Manchester City’s Shay Given is attracting interest from a number of clubs ahead of the transfer window re-opening, but he is set to turn down Arsenal and Celtic in the hope of becoming Manchester United’s next first-choice goalkeeper.
In what would be a shock move across the city, Given – who is ready to submit an official transfer request next month – is said to be holding out for a bid from United, who are on the lookout for a new shot-stopper.
Current first-choice Edwin van der Sar turned 40 last month and is widely expected to retire at the end of this season – leaving Sir Alex Ferguson searching for a new number one.
Tomasz Kuszczak has been tipped to take over, but the United boss remains unsure if the Pole is ready to step up as the permanent number one.
And Given, who, at 34, still has at least two or three seasons left at the top level, could be the perfect fit as an experienced head to see the club through such a transitional period.
The Irish international has proven pedigree in the Premier League with both City and previous clubs Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. (Metro)
It’s a move that makes a great deal of sense to Manchester United but less so for their neighbours City. Shay Given is too good a keeper to spend large spells on the bench and Roberto Mancini has already hinted that he would be willing to allow the Irishman to leave the club but there seems very little chance he would allow the 34 year old to make the move to United.
Given may try to push for such a move but that would seem to have little chance of affecting the decision in much the same way as Ferguson was unwilling to allow Gabriel Heinze to move to Liverpool some years back, the Eastlands boss is perfectly within his rights to prevent a top notch performer from leaving to join a rival.
Fulham, Celtic and Arsenal are all said to be interested but now that the former Newcastle United keeper has stated his preferred destination things could get a little problematic for the County Donegal keeper. Sir Alex Ferguson would surely be very interested in signing such a proven keeper to take over from veteran Edwin Van der Sar.