After being linked with a move to Anfield as cover for Simon Mignolet, Monaco have shown interest in goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic has spent the entire season under the spotlight at AS Monaco. Despite his excellent performance against Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the month, rumours in German newspaper Bild are that the Monegasque club are targeting German goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler this summer.
The former Manchester United ‘keeper had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool recently and the French clubs interest could spark Brendan Rodgers into action when the transfer window opens this summer.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper currently plays for German side Hannover 96, but moved to Manchester United when he was just 16. He never made a first-team appearance for the club, but did have a fairly successful time in the Under-18 and reserve sides before moving back to Germany in 2010.
Despite the ridiculous amount of excellent goalkeepers that Germany have at their disposal, Zieler has won two international caps at senior level, as well as featuring in every youth level from Under-16 up to Under-20 level. His full debut came against Ukraine in a 3-3 draw; he was also named as third-choice keeper for the 2012 European Championships. Just after the tournament he started in a friendly against Argentina, but things wouldn’t end well in the Commerzbank-Arena, home of Eintracht Frankfurt, Zieler was given a straight red on the 30th minute for a tackle on Angel Di Maria. He became the first German goalkeeper to see red since the formation of the German National team.
He has played just short of 100 games for Hannover, this season his side sit 11th and the ‘keeper has kept three clean sheets in 21 games. According to Squawka he is conceding an average of 1.76 goals per game and makes an average of 2.38 saves per game.
Liverpool’s interest was purely as a back-up for current number one Simon Mignolet, whereas at Monaco there would be a greater chance of the German replacing Subasic and becoming Claudio Ranieri’s first choice keeper for next season.
The German’s contract runs until 2015, he also has a release clause set at €6.5 million, an amount that would be no problem for Monaco, and one that would see Hannover cash in before he was able to leave on a free.