United Target 26 Year Old Shot Stopper As They Fear Losing World Cup Star To Arsenal

United Target 26 Year Old Shot Stopper As They Fear Losing World Cup Star To Arsenal

Manchester United have held talks about signing OL Reign goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce, according to the Daily Mail journalist Kathryn Batte.

The Red Devils have not agreed a fee for the 26-year-old and there is thought to be a sizeable gap between the two clubs in terms of their respective valuations of the player.

However, it is believed that Marc Skinner’s side are determined to land Tullis-Joyce, regardless of what happens with their current number one Mary Earps.

What do United fans need to know about Tullis-Joyce?

The shot-stopper attended the University of Miami where she played for Miami Hurricanes. In her first year, she started nine games, before establishing herself as a regular starter the following season.

Tullis-Joyce’s talent began to be noticed after being awarded the NSCAA College Player of the Week, as well as the ACC Defensive Player of the Week, in September 2016. After graduating from college in 2018, the keeper joined French side Stade de Reims.

She was recruited just before their promotion to Division 1 Feminine and spent two seasons as first choice-keeper before moving back to the US to play for UL Reign in Seattle. After initially being the team’s backup goalkeeper, she became a first-team regular for the NWSL outfit in 2022.

Earps’s future remains uncertain

While it appears that United are keen on keeping hold of their current number one, things don’t look that promising. Contract talks have stalled with the World Cup Golden Glove winner.

Arsenal have already had two bids turned down for Earps, with the second reaching £100,000, and it is believed that the Gunners have not given up on trying to sign the 30-year-old. Another offer is expected in the coming days and it remains to be seen whether United will soften their current stance not to sell. There is a danger of history repeating itself, with Alessia Russo having left for the Emirates on a free transfer this summer, having turned down the chance to extend her contract at Old Trafford.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.