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Reports today in the Spanish press say that Manchester United are targeting Valladolid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo as a replacement for Edwin Van Der Sar, who retires at the end of this season...

Even though the season has only just begun it appears clubs are already planning for next summer, with Manchester United the latest side to register their interest in a young talent.

The name of the target; Sergio Asenjo, the young nineteen year-old Valladolid goalkeeper who has been hailed as the natural successor to Iker Casillas for Spain.

According to Marca Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have identified him as a replacement for Edwin Van Der Sar, who is retiring at the end of this present season.

It appears that if a deal is to be done though it will be completed next summer rather than in January as according to Asenjo's agent, Zoran Veckic, it would not suit him to leave midway through the season to a 'club where he will feature only as a sub, it will stunt his development.'

Surprisingly for such a talented player his buy-out clause is just €6 milllion which will make him an easy target for most big clubs and which will make it very difficult for Valladolid to keep hold of him.

Indeed, it would be remarkable if he stayed at the club for much longer, bearing in mind they are hardly thriving in La Liga and that Manchester United aside, he is believed to be wanted by top Spanish clubs too.

Source : Goal

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I would be surprised if this story is true.

But if we're signing him as a direct replacement for VDS, I wouldn't be too keen on a 19/20-year old goalkeeper playing in goal for us.

I know some keepers are fantastic and fully reliable at a young age, but they're the exception rather than the rule.

Anyway, as for the keeper situation, we should give Foster the chance to regain fitness and prove he isn't injury prone. If we need to sign a keeper, then its Neuer or Frey for me.

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i dont think he will be a direct replacement......
but being touted as a replacement for iker casillas is quite big.....
he will be developed into a fine young player at any of the big teams....if he is that good then i think we should buy him...and he is quite we can have foster next season and sell kusz and keep asenjo guy as sub!! just a thought....

if we are trying to buy a direct rep then neuer,frey are good options...

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abojodeh said:
Sign!!! sign! sign! hes a young goalie with the enough potential to be a world class
hes taller than most of the famous Spanish goalies (Casillias/Canezaris) and have a good reflexes

get him :)
Abo, if you want to showcase a players talents, its gotta be something better than that ;) :)

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An update on Asenjo;

Sky Sports

Asenjo to decide future
Valladolid starlet considering options

Real Valladolid are ready to listen to offers for goalkeeping starlet Sergio Asenjo - who admits he will make a decision on his future in December.

Manchester United have a long-standing interest and reports in Spain have suggested that the Red Devils want to conclude a deal this January.

United had Asenjo watched during the recent European Under-21 qualifier double-header against Switzerland.

He is understood to have impressed and now United are looking to broker a deal for Asenjo - who is valued at around £4million by Valladolid.

19-year-old Asenjo, who currently has three years left on his current deal, was tracked by Liverpool last year - but they had a bid rejected, whilst the player shunned interest from Spurs over the summer.

Now United will look to seal a deal, but they have been warned they will not get him on the cheap.

"We are open to the subject but only with our financial conditions," a Valladolid source told

"Sergio is a big player and we are not open to offer a gift to any club."


The player himself admitted he was flattered by the interest being shown in him with the likes of Barcelona, Valencia and AC Milan also said to be keen.

"They are some of the biggest teams in Europe," he told Notre de Castilla.

"It would make me proud if any were to be showing an interest in me.

"If at the end of the season the club or my representatives tell me there is a possibility then we will see.

"In December my representatives and I will decide on what decision to take.

"I am doing a good job and the coach has confidence in me which is helping me to play well. That is the reason other clubs are looking at me.

"At the moment my first choice is Valladolid, neither my representatives or my club have told me about anything concrete, I'm just concentrating on training every day and playing for Valladolid."

Asenjo admitted that he holds the Premier League in high esteem.

"The Spanish league is for me the best in the world. Alongside it, I believe the English is becoming stronger every year," he continued.

Asenjo is widely tipped to make Spain's World Cup squad in two years but despite his good performances at Under-21 level, he refuses to look that far ahead.

"There are many players who are trying to prove that one day they could be in the Spanish team, but for now my head is not looking at that.

"If I perform well - then there is the possibility."
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