With 40-year-old Edwin van der Sar retiring from football after serving as a stalwart in goal for Manchester United in 2005 and United management openly announcing that the club will purchase a replacement this summer, numerous of the world's best goalkeepers have been linked with the job — or even made their interest in coming to Old Trafford known.
Now, Lyon and France keeper Hugo Lloris can be added to the list.
The 24-year-old, who has already firmly established himself as France's first-choice in goal, basically went so far as to ask Sir Alex Ferguson to pursue him in a conversation with the French press, according to Daily Mail.
"Manchester United is a great football club," said Lloris. "They are one of the most successful clubs in the world, so, of course, Manchester is one of the clubs that make me dream."
Ferguson has been known to be interested in Lloris, but has apparently been put off by his £15 million price-tag. With the need to acquire an elite talent immediately, however, he may be more willing to spend that kind of money — especially in light of his recent comments about having to spend to compete with the richest clubs in the world.
Others who have been linked with the job include Manuel Neuer, Pepe Reina, David De Gea, and Maarten Stekelenburg. United acquired Anders Lindegaard from Aalesund in January, but he is not considered a front-runner for the first-choice role.