Goalkeeper insists summer transfer was ‘very, very, very close’
Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has revealed he was extremely ‘close’ to joining Manchester United in the summer, but insists he is happy to have stayed at Vicarage Road.
As 90min revealed in June, Bachmann had become a target for United once it was agreed that Dean Henderson would join Nottingham Forest on loan.
United ultimately struck to a deal to sign Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle to join the Old Trafford goalkeeping ranks alongside David de Gea and Tom Heaton.
Bachmann, who ended up staying put to become Watford’s established number one in the Championship, has now explained just how close he was to getting the gig in Manchester.
“It was very, very, very, very close. Really very, very close,” the Austria international told Heute.
“In the end, I’m glad things turned out the way they are. The new coach really wanted to keep me. I’m happy, I’m a top performer at Watford now.”
United officials considered a number of goalkeeper options throughout the summer – including Switzerland number one Yann Sommer, who has since re-emerged as a target to bring in at the end of the season. Portugal stopper Diogo Costa is another on the radar.
There is also an option to make Dubravka a permanent signing should United wish to trigger it.
In the latest episode of 90min’s Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) and Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) discuss the possibility of signing Cody Gakpo, Goncalo Ramos, Josko Gvardiol and Kim Min-jae in the transfer market.
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Arsenal pre-season 2023/24: Fixtures and schedule
Having reached new heights in the Premier League in 2022/23, Arsenal will soon be beginning their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season tour to get ready for 2023/24.
Preparations for last season took place in Germany for Arsenal but with the Covid-19 pandemic a bit more of a distant memory for many, it is expected that more teams will be heading further afield again to either the United States of America or Asia.
Arsenal are yet to announce a full training camp location for their pre-season but they do have one fixture already confirmed which drops a big clue.
The Gunners are going to be coming up against an MLS All-Star team in Washington D.C. which will be coached by Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney. That takes place on July 19 and it is hard to imagine that Arsenal will only play one game in America.
A semi-regular fixture of Arsenal’s pre-seasons in recent years has been the Emirates Cup, but there has not been any word on whether an edition of that will be taking place or not this summer. If there is, then Arsenal could be splitting their time between America and London.
All times BST.
As is the case for almost every big club in football now, all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies are expected to be televised live on Arsenal.com and their official app with a subscription.
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