Manchester City are set to lose promising young goalkeeper, Angus Gunn, to Premier League rivals Southampton. The 22-year-old faces another uncertain season at the Etihad and could jump at the Saints’ proposition to keep him in the Premier League.
Gunn began his career at Norwich City but moved to Manchester in 2011 aged just 14, the youngster left friends and family in the north-east in pursuit of career at one of the country’s biggest clubs but he failed to make it.
After eight years, Gunn is still to realise his dreams of playing between the sticks for the Sky Blues and is yet to make a senior appearance despite showing promise for City’s youth team.
It now appears Southampton could rescue him from his Etihad misery, according to Goal, Saints boss Mark Hughes has earmarked the 22-year-old to strengthen his goalkeeping department.
Hughes already has two dependable custodians in Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster. In fact, the latter recently signed a contract extension after leapfrogging Forster in the pecking order last season, yet the ex-Stoke City boss still isn’t satisfied.
The Times claim City has slapped a £15m price tag on the young goalie as well as a buy-back clause but that has not deterred Hughes who looks hell bent on getting his man.
Southampton seem to mean business in the transfer market after narrowly surviving the drop last season, so far so good they have brought in Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi from Celtic and Basel respectively while it looks likely that Forster is set to join Dusan Tadic on his way out.
If that happens, then Gunn will almost likely get a run of first-team games at Southampton. Last season the 22-year-old impressed on loan at his boyhood club which even led to an England call-up against Brazil in November, though sadly he didn’t feature.
Gunn racked up unbelievable numbers in the Championship. He was second for most saves with 139, his tally was only bettered by Ipswich’s Bartosz Bialkowski (153). Despite Norwich’s porous defence, the 22-year-old also managed 15 clean sheets.
Gunn is quite aware that Ederson is certain to remain number one, especially after a fine debut season and Claudio Bravo will play in the cup matches, leaving him with practically no games to play if he stays.