Manchester United are cooling their interest in Kevin Trapp

Manchester United are cooling their interest in Kevin Trapp

Manchester United are cooling their interest in Kevin Trapp

Transfer Notebook: Manchester United have cooled their interest in Kevin Trapp - GETTY IMAGES

Transfer Notebook: Manchester United have cooled their interest in Kevin Trapp – GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United have cooled their interest in Kevin Trapp after swerving against Eintracht Frankfurt’s €25m (£21m) bid for the German goalkeeper.

Erik ten Hag remains keen to bring in a goalkeeper to provide extra competition for David De Gea and is considering Trapp, who helped Frankfurt to Europa League glory last season and has been nominated for the world goalkeeper of the year award.

But senior United sources have suggested that Frankfurt’s valuation of the 32-year-old – who has two years left on his contract – is too big an obstacle as it stands.

Trapp, who has six caps for Germany, joined Frankfurt from Paris Saint-Germain, initially on loan, in 2018 before completing a permanent move to the Bundesliga club the following year.

Asked about his future on Monday, Trapp said: “As I said during my first spell in Frankfurt, it’s also nice when rumors like this come out. It’s a nice recognition, but I can’t say anything about it.”

Another Bundesliga-based goalkeeper, Borussia Mönchengladbach No.1 Yann Sommer is among a number of other goalkeepers United have scouted.

But Old Trafford insiders have suggested they are opting out of pursuing a deal for the 33-year-old Swiss. United have also been linked with Watford and Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann this summer.

De Gea has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford, although United have an option to extend his deal by a further year until June 2024.

The Spaniard endured an erratic display in the 4-0 humbling at Brentford, when two individual errors led to goals, but while he responded well in the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday, Ten Hag are looking to bring in a goalkeeper who can provide quality competition.

With Dean Henderson having joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan, the 36-year-old former Burnley and Aston Villa goalkeeper is currently De Gea’s understudy.

Southampton and Bournemouth are turning their attention to Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Transfer Notebook: Southampton and Bouremouth lead race to sign Arsenal midfielder Maitland-Niles - GETTY IMAGES

Transfer Notebook: Southampton and Bouremouth lead race to sign Arsenal midfielder Maitland-Niles – GETTY IMAGES

Southampton and Bournemouth are currently leading the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Telegraph Sport understands.

Maitland-Niles is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this season and will be allowed to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.

Both Southampton and Bournemouth have reportedly expressed an interest in signing the 24-year-old, whose versatility makes him an attractive option.

Maitland-Niles, who has played five games for England, is capable of playing as a full-back or central midfielder.

West Ham United have also shown a tentative interest in Maitland-Niles, but David Moyes is understood to be focusing on other targets, including Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta and Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken, for now.

Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan at Roma, where he made eight appearances in Serie A. In 2020/21, he had a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Another player close to leaving Arsenal is record signing Nicolas Pepe, who is set to join Nice on loan.

Hector Bellerin is also expected to leave the club before the deadline, although the terms of his departure are yet to be agreed.

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