It’s being suggested that Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are currently holding talks with Stoke City over a potential deal for goalkeeper Lee Grant.
The 35-year-old stepped into the breech well during Jack Butland’s injury lay off the other year, but he did only make five appearances in total in the season of 2017/18.
Sky Sports have reported this afternoon that their sources have informed them that club officials are speaking about a potential deal that would see Grant go in to Old Trafford as third choice, but giving Mourinho more experienced cover as he looked to get their younger goalkeepers out for more game time and experience.
The suggestion is that Stoke would be willing to allow Grant to move on a free agent and arrange a mutual contract termination to grease the deal through as the benefit for us would be in terms of saved wages I guess.
It’s claimed talks are at a very early stage, but progressing well.
If Grant does depart this summer, he would leave having made 18 starting appearances during his loan spell from Derby County and then a further 19 starting appearances after we secured his transfer for a reported £1.3million.
The bit that doesn’t make sense is the free agent angle, I would think Stoke would want at least a nominal £250,000/£500,000 back based on the fee we originally paid.