Manchester United eyeing Benfica star should 27-year-old leave Old Trafford

Manchester United want to sign Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos if Dean Henderson leaves

As per a tweet from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are exploring a move to sign Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos in the final days of this transfer window.

Vlachodimos is expected to leave the Portuguese side. United are expected to make a move for him provided Dean Henderson departs this summer.

The latter is now a subject of interest for Crystal Palace along with Nottingham Forest. It remains to be seen whether he would leave Old Trafford, having been on the periphery all summer.

With David de Gea leaving the club this summer, United could do by signing another keeper if Henderson leaves. Andre Onana would most probably remain the first choice in his position though.

Talking about Vlachodimos, he is a 29-year-old Greek international who started his career as a youth player at Stuttgart before moving to Panathinaikos and then Benfica five years ago.

He is very good at shot-stopping, passing out from the back and being dominant in the box from crosses and corners.

Manchester United want to sign Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos if Dean Henderson leaves.
Manchester United are exploring a move for Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old has been Benfica’s number one for some time now. The question is whether he would agree to come to United as a backup to Onana and wait for his chances.

We have just seen Arsenal get David Raya from Brentford to basically have two first-choice keepers in the squad.

Are United going to follow that model and Erik ten Hag is planning to divide minutes between Onana and Vlachodimos in case the latter joins the club?

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We are thinking too far ahead at the moment. Let’s see what happens with the future of Henderson before focusing on whether the Red Devils would sign the Greek international. The ideal move would be for the former to leave and the latter to come.