A thread of Man Utd transfer target Odysseas Vlachodimos in action has got fans talking

A thread of Man Utd transfer target Odysseas Vlachodimos in action has got fans talking

Manchester United are said to be 'exploring' a move for Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos this summer, according to reports – and footage of the Greek international in action has surfaced.

The 29-year-old former Stuttgart and Panathinaikos shot-stopper, who has made 33 caps for Greece, is on United's list of transfer targets as they search for a goalkeeper to challenge Andre Onana.

Erik ten Hag's side are reportedly looking for a backup 'keeper in case Dean Henderson joins either Crystal Palace or Nottingham Forest before the window slams shut, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Vlachodimos, meanwhile, is expected to leave Benfica as his situation at the Portuguese club continues to sour.

Portuguese publication Record claim the goalkeeper reacted badly to recent comments made by Benfica manager Roger Schmidt, who publicly criticised his performance against Boavista during a press conference.

In fact, Vlachodimos was left out of their matchday squad to face Estrela Amadora on Saturday.

Since reports linking Vlachodimos with a move to Old Trafford emerged, footage of the Greek international in action has surfaced on Twitter, with many having their say on his performance.

One particular video from 2019, when the goalkeeper made a howler from a 35-yard free-kick against Belenenses, has been posted.

Other clips include conceding a penalty after a rash tackle against FC Porto, and being caught out numerous times in their Champions League quarter-final clash defeat to Liverpool.

Despite the largely negative response from fans, however, Vlachodimos is the only man to deny Robert Lewandowski from the penalty spot in Champions League competition.

It appears Vlachodimos is more than ready to move on following a five-year spell at Benfica.

Speaking in an interview with Greek publication Sport24 earlier this summer, he said: "It's something I want now. I established myself, won titles, experienced great successes, played in the Champions League and the Europa League.

"Benfica gave me a lot, it helped to develop me, but I think that the conditions are met to take the next step."

Fabrizio Romano said on Monday that United are 'informed on the conditions' when it comes to a deal to sign the goalkeeper.

"He wasn’t in Benfica squad last week as he’s expected to leave the club by the end of the window," he added. "Deal with Man Utd could only advance if Dean Henderson leaves the club."

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