Manchester United are closely monitoring the situation of Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, as per latest reports. The Red Devils are looking to bring in some competition for David de Gea and have identified the Greece international as a potential target.
Benfica currently sit at the top of the league table in the Primeira Liga with an eight point lead over second-placed FC Porto and Vlachodimos has played a big hand in that. The shot-stopper has put in very impressive performances for the club, having acquired 14 clean sheets in 22 league games so far this season.
The 28-year-old has reportedly signed a new long-term contract with the Portuguese club recently. The new deal sees the keeper staying at the club until 2027, but this isn’t putting off the suitors who are still considering a move for the Greek international.
According to journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos (via Football-Talk), Manchester United are tracking Odysseas Vlachodimos and could make a move in the upcoming transfer window. The Greek reporter stated the keeper’s contract extension doesn’t matter much as a move could still take place in the summer.
However, the Red Devils are not alone in the race for the Greek shot-stopper as multiple European clubs are said to be interested in the player’s services. Leicester City were very keen on signing Vlachodimos last summer, as a replacement for Kasper Schmeichel.
❗Odysseas Vlachodimos renewal with Benfica (till 2027) doesn't mean a lot as many clubs are monitoring Greece international GK situation for summer transfer period. Including Manchester United 🔴@SLBenfica @ManUtd #Benfica #SLB #SLBenfica #ManUnited #MUFC #Manchesterunited
— Giannis Chorianopoulos (@choria80) February 3, 2023
While David de Gea has been the primary goalkeeper at Manchester United for over a decade, there are concerns about his ball-playing ability, and Odysseas Vlachodimos could be seen as a potential replacement. While Transfermarkt currently values him at £14 million, the Red Devils would have to pay much more due to his fresh contract and standout displays.
Odysseas Vlachodimos is a highly-skilled goalkeeper who has made a name for himself in the Portuguese league. Known for his excellent shot-stopping abilities and ball distribution skills, the Greek international has impressed fans and scouts alike with his performances for Benfica.
The 28-year-old has impressed with his passing, having completed 55% of long balls compared to De Gea’s 35% this season. One of his key strengths is his ability to make crucial saves. He has quick reflexes and is known for his agility, which allows him to make impressive stops and keep the ball out of the net.
Additionally, he is also comfortable with the ball at his feet and is a competent passer. He has demonstrated maturity and confidence, often organising his defence and communicating effectively with his teammates. This level of maturity has earned him the trust of his teammates and coaches, as well as praise from football pundits.
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Dean Henderson, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, will return to Old Trafford at the end of the season, but it is unclear whether United believe he is the right man to take the position in between the sticks permanently. The Greek goalkeeper has greatly enhanced his reputation with his performances in the Champions League this season, notably against Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
Odysseas Vlachodimos possesses a range of skills that make him a valuable asset to any team. From his shot-stopping abilities and ball distribution skills to his leadership and composure, the 28-year-old has the potential to make a significant impact in any team he plays for.
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