Manchester United join Liverpool and Burnley in pursuit of Bart Verbruggen

As reported by Voetbalkrant, Manchester United have joined both Liverpool and Burnley in their pursuit of young Anderlecht goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen. Vincent Kompany was keen to bring the young shot stopper to England during the summer, but Burnley and Anderlecht were unable to come to an agreement. It now appears that, should the side clinch promotion, which at the moment appears to be a foregone conclusion, then the Lancashire based side may well bid €17m for the 20-year-old.

Liverpool have long been admirers of the young Dutch keeper, with plans for the successor to Alison Becker leading them to keep tabs on Verbruggen. Now, it appears that Manchester United are also considering bringing Verbruggen to Old Trafford as the long-term replacement for David De Gea.

The youngster has put in many eye catching performances since becoming the number one option, most notably against Ludogorets in the Conference League and Oostende in the domestic league.

Anderlecht will certainly be looking to gain maximum value for their prized asset. With former club captain Hendrik Van Crombrugge still at the club, the side know that they will not have to use the money to try and replace Verbruggen. Instead it can improve the rest of the squad to start mounting a real title challenge next season.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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