According to Greek website Sportime.Gr, Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos was a target for Manchester United before David de Gea extended his contract with the Premier League side.
Manchester United confirmed this week the Spanish international has committed himself to the club until June 2023, but Sportime.Gr say the Premier League side were looking at other options before they found an agreement with De Gea.
The Greek website reports Vlachodimos could have joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side if De Gea hadn’t extended his contract, but a move to Old Trafford for the Greek international now looks very unlikely.
The former Panathinaikos player has been in great form since joining the Portuguese side for €2.5m in 2018 and he’s established himself as their No.1.
It looks likely the 25 year old will stay with Benfica for the foreseeable future and will be hoping his performances eventually result in a move to a bigger league.
However, despite these claims from Greece there were reports in the Portuguese media throughout the summer that Benfica were trying to replace the player so Manchester United’s reported interest is very questionable.
If the Red Devils were looking to bring in a replacement they would want to sign a keeper in a similar bracket to De Gea, which Vlachodimos isn’t.