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Manchester United could strike a deal for one more goalkeeper within the January transfer window despite closing in on the signing of Jack Butland. Manager Erik ten Hag is revamping his number of stoppers with Martin Dubravka’s loan cut short and David de Gea nearing the top of his contract. 

Dubravka headed from Newcastle to United in the course of the summer with Nick Pope laying claim to the No 1 spot at St James’ Park. The Slovakian didn’t impress during his two Carabao Cup appearances, putting in a very shaky performance against Burnley just before Christmas. 

With prospects of game time looking slim, the Magpies have decided to chop his loan stint at Old Trafford short, leaving Ten Hag to scout out a latest deputy. Reports indicate that talks are underway regarding Crystal Palace star Jack Butland and the deal might be concluded quickly. 

The Red Devils could yet go on to strike one other goalkeeper deal in January, nonetheless, as 90min claim that the club are still occupied with negotiating a pre-contract agreement with Yann Sommer. 

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The Spaniard has made greater than 500 appearances for United since joining in 2011 however the club are yet to trigger an option to increase his contract by one yr. That is despite United exercising similar clauses for Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Fred last month, sparking questions over De Gea’s future. 

The 32-year-old has drawn criticism for his lack of ability with the ball at his feet and he was not chosen to represent Spain on the World Cup in Qatar, falling behind Brighton’s Robert Sanchez and Brentford’s David Raya within the pecking order. As certainly one of United’s highest earners, the club appear to be taking their time over whether to stay or twist between the sticks. 

“I’m very relaxed,” he said after victory over Bournemouth on Tuesday. “I just give attention to training and perform as best as I can. But, obviously, it is going to end in a great way. I hope so. I used to be saying that is my club. I have been here many, a few years and it’s an enormous honour to be here and I’m so joyful here.

“Every save is essential. I just must help the team and check out my best. I feel comfortable with everyone. It doesn’t matter who’s playing, everyone seems to be able to perform and it’s great to have a correct squad.”

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