Daniel Bachmann could be set for a huge move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)

Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann says Manchester United have been in contact in an attempt to sign him this summer.

The 27-year-old appears to have become a target for the Red Devils who are looking for a new understudy for David De Gea, with Dean Henderson expected to leave the club his summer.

The Watford stopper has emerged as a rather unlikely contender for this role, having rarely been a first choice player in his career to date.

Bachmann made just 12 Premier League starts for Watford over the last season, in which the Hornets were relegated from the top flight.

He made 23 starts in the Championship for Watford the previous season and the only time he has played more regularly than that was on loan at Kilmarnock in 2018/19 where he managed 25 league starts.

Despite this, he says Manchester United are interested in his services, with the Austria international believing that outgoing interim manager Ralf Rangnick recommended him to the Red Devils.

‘There has been contact with Manchester United,’ Bachmann told Sky Sports Austria. ‘It hasn’t just fallen out of the sky. I don’t know whether the team boss [Rangnick] has a say in transfer matters.

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‘Several clubs have shown interest in me – but the most intensive contacts have come from Manchester. It is a massive honour for a club like that to be interested in you.

‘I would be second choice behind David de Gea, who has been one of the Premier League’s best keepers for years.

‘But anything can happen in football. The performance principle applies. As a result, even big stars can sit on the subs’ bench.’

Manchester Evening News reports that Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is also being considered for the understudy role, with Henderson likely to move in the opposite direction.


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