Hull City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar and will now be faced with competition from the Bundesliga, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The Czech shot-stopper has been the centre of numerous transfer reports in recent weeks as his future looks increasingly uncertain at Old Trafford, particularly since the arrival of Andre Onana.
Kovar played in United’s first two pre-season friendlies against Leeds United and Lyon but didn’t travel to the United States with the rest of the squad, adding further fuel to the fire that a move away from the club was pending.
At the weekend, The Sun reported that Kovar could leave the Red Devils permanently, with Hull City and Sparta Prague both interested in his signature, although the latter were put off by United’s price tag, leaving the former as the frontrunner.
However, on his exclusive Patreon, Nixon claims that Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen have joined the race for the keeper which may price the Tigers out of a potential deal.
Nixon claims that the German club, managed by the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso, are readying a multi-million-pound bid for the ex-League One player.
The Bundesliga doesn’t kick off until next Friday, giving Alonso plenty of time to negotiate a bid with Manchester United, whereas Hull City have lost the opening two games of the season and may need to make a decision quite quickly.
Kovar has plenty of potential for a young keeper and looked highly impressive during his two games with Man United during pre-season, particularly due to his precision passing when the team were building out from deep.
Alonso wants his team to dominate the ball, playing out from the back, so it’s not a surprise that the German outfit are interested in his signature, although it could certainly signal the beginning of the end of Hull City’s pursuit.