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“Not only was I linked”- Bundesliga goalkeeper reveals how close he came to Manchester United transfer this summer

Rafal Gikiewicz of FC Augsburg poses during the team presentation at WWK Arena on July 21, 2022 in Augsburg, Germany
Rafal Gikiewicz of FC Augsburg. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz reveals he had signed powers of attorney with Manchester United

Manchester United were interested in getting Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz to the club in the recent transfer window. The 35-year-old revealed he had “signed various powers of attorney” with the Red Devils.

Newcastle United were also in the mix for the Polish star’s signature. There was a possibility of him moving to either of the clubs. However, in the end, the shot-stopper stayed in Germany.

Speaking to Canal+ Sport (h/t Manchester Evening News), Gikiewicz admitted to being approached by Man United and Newcastle. And both English clubs could have signed him on deadline day.

Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz reveals he had signed powers of attorney with Manchester United.
Rafal Gikiewicz of FC Augsburg was close to signing for Manchester United in the recent transfer window. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

“Not only was I linked, but I also signed various powers of attorney with either Manchester United or Newcastle United. In the goalkeeper market, everything works like dominoes. As Martin Dúbravka leaves, this is the place and so on.”

In the end, the Old Trafford side brought Martin Dubravka on loan from the Magpies. The 33-year-old had been the first-choice for Eddie Howe’s team last season. However, the arrival of Nick Pope from Burnley in the summer of 2022 changed the Slovak’s status in the squad.

But the shot-stopper has found it difficult to get game time with the Red Devils under Erik ten Hag. Some fans had expected him to be the one to be in between the sticks for the European and domestic cup competitions.

However, David de Gea has been an ever-present for Man United in the current campaign. The Spaniard has started in every fixture for the Dutch manager.

Initially, the Spaniard had struggled to seemingly cope with the change in the style of play. Against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, the 31-year-old’s distribution got us into trouble.

Fortunately, De Gea has shown his class since the 4-0 loss at the Gtech Community Stadium. He was one of our best players last season. And the shot-stopper has continued in a similar vein under Ten Hag.

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