Manchester United have confirmed the capture of Lee Grant, who moves from recently relegated Stoke City on a two-year contract.
Manchester United have officially confirmed the capture of Lee Grant from Stoke City. The player has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a week now. And it seems the Red Devils have wrapped up the deal quickly, bringing the veteran in to what is already a star-studded and stacked goalkeeping department.
Lee Grant’s role at Manchester United is still in doubt. While he is likely to be the third choice at the club for now, Sergio Romero is being tipped to leave the club in the summer. The arrival of Grant from Stoke City will only fuel the speculation linking the Argentine to an exit from Old Trafford.
The confirmation comes simultaneously to the departure of Sam Johnstone, who has joined West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis. Thus, Manchester United can now still send goalkeepers like Joel Castro Pereira out on loan to gain regular first-team football without worrying of a potential scenario where David De Gea and Romero are both rendered unavailable for a matchday.
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Lee Grant expressed his delight at joining a club as big as Manchester United while talking to the club’s official website.
“I want to say a huge thank you to those close to me who have supported me along my journey so far. Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club.”
One of the reasons that Lee Grant has been brought in could be his experience. Manchester United can not only use a player with his experience to be available at Jose Mourinho’s disposal but also as a mentor to the likes of Matej Kovar, who has already caught the eye of the manager.
While no fee has been mentioned, a £1.5 million figure has been floating around in the media. If Lee Grant’s 2016-17 campaign for Stoke City is anything to go by, this could turn out to be a brilliant deal for Manchester United.