Man United keeping an eye on Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir as a quality backup option
As the summer transfer window closes in just under six weeks, Manchester United have taken into account the possibility of pursuing a move for Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, United, who have secured victories in all three of their pre-season friendlies, have expressed interest in the Turkish shot-stopper as a potential target.
Bayindir has an impressive track record, having played 141 matches for Fenerbahce since his arrival from Ankaragucu in 2019, showcasing both experience and quality.
Despite already signing Andre Onana, the club remains open to the possibility of acquiring a second goalkeeper before the ongoing transfer window concludes.
It is said that the Red Devils are still considering him as an option. The club has also been in contact with Urawa Red Diamonds goalkeeper Zion Suzuki’s agent.
United are in need of a second-choice goalkeeper this summer, given the uncertainties surrounding the futures of both Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson.
Henderson is a top target for Nottingham Forest, while Heaton desires regular playing time as he nears the latter stages of his career.
Bayindir, was a consistent starter for Fenerbahce last season. This may raise concerns about his willingness to join United and be a benchwarmer while watching Onana take the starting position.
He has also been linked with a potential move to Ajax, where he is more likely to secure regular first-team football.
Man United are in need of a new goalkeeper to provide cover, and Bayindir has caught their attention as a potential option for the role.
However, securing the 25-year-old’s services might be challenging for United. Firstly, due to his current position at his parent club, and secondly, due to the Red Devils’ interest in Suzuki.
If we ignore the level of competition in their respective leagues, the Japanese keeper has a better save percentage (79%) as compared to his counterpart.
We believe that Bayindir could benefit from more game time elsewhere. With Ajax lurking around, he would have a reason to snub United in search of regular game time.
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Hence, it would be better to sign a player who desires to accept the role he is given at United rather than pursue an unsatisfied player.
It remains to be seen whether this rumour holds value in the current situation or just fades away with time.