Man Utd make contact with Watford over keeper Dan Bachmann ‘after transfer suggestion by Austria boss Ralf Rangnick’

WATFORD keeper Daniel Bachmann has revealed Manchester United have made an approach for him.

The Austrian international said he is honoured by the prospect of becoming David de Gea’s understudy at Old Trafford next season.

Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann has said he has been approached by Man Utd

Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann has said he has been approached by Man UtdCredit: Getty

Bachmann, 27, also said he received DEATH THREATS during the season as Watford headed towards relegation from the Premier League.

Former United interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who has now left to coach Austria’s national side, is thought to have been behind the move for the keeper.

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

“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.

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“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.”

Bachmann joined Watford from Stoke in 2017 and made 12 Premier League appearances this season.

He previously told Austrian daily Krone: “I am happy at Watford, and have a contract until 2024. My only thought now is on us going straight back up to the Premier League.  Everything else is out of my hands.”

The keeper has meanwhile helped develop a social media app to combat online hate and threats.

Called Opon, it also counts Fulham captain Tom Cairney and Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass among its creators.

Users have to have their identities verified before being allowed to post comments.

Bachmann said: “I received a number of death threats during the past year. One was sent to my children as well.  That is not nice at all.

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“People think we don’t see messages like this, but we receive them – and it hurts to read them.

“Something has to change, and we hope that with this platform it will.”


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