Manchester United tightened their grip on the top four with a 2-0 win over Sean Dyche’s Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils have made an encouraging start under new manager Erik ten Haag, ending a six-year trophy drought with victory over Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final in February.
They are nowhere close to being the finished article, and plenty of movement is expected in the winter transfer window.
One position in constant discussion is the goalkeeper.
David de Gea has become the undisputed No. 1 under the Ten Hag this term, with the likes of Martin Dubravka, Jack Butland and Tom Heaton standing in on the bench.
The Spaniard’s contract expires this summer and there are doubts over his long-term stay at the club.
This uncertainty has led to United being linked with a number of goalkeepers, including Valencia’s Georgi Mamardashvili.
Originally signed from Lokomotiv Tbilisi in 2021 on a one-year loan deal for Valencia’s reserve side in the Tierra División, Mamardashvili impressed then-Los Chase manager Jose Bordals in pre-season and hasn’t looked back since.
The Georgia shot-stopper kept eight clean sheets in 18 league games last season, earning rave reviews.
He has shown good form this season and his performance has not been noticed by the likes of United, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Now, according to Calciomercato, Juventus are keen to land the Valencia shop-stopper in a bid to sign him permanently this summer.
The report goes on to mention that the old woman knows that Mamardashvili’s heart may move to England and that the representatives met Chelsea’s delegation in London following their recent dispute with Liverpool.
The liberating Blues are prioritizing signing a goalkeeper to replace their current number. 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga could still be deployed, despite working his way back into the good graces of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Mamardashvili has a contract at Mestalla until 2027 and Valencia will no doubt make a huge bid for their best player.
The 22-year-old’s rise through the ranks is hardly surprising, and it seems only a matter of time.
David De Gea, while rightly hailed as a United legend, isn’t a competent passer, doesn’t clear enough and struggles to claim crosses, all three characteristics of the modern sweeper keeper.
Standing at 6’6, Mamardashvili excels in all of the aforementioned attributes, and is a long-term signing for the Red Devils.