Manchester – Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears increasingly likely to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June. In preparation for this possibility, the Red Devils have turned their attention to Inter’s Andre Onana.
Negotiations between United and De Gea regarding a new deal have been ongoing, with both parties previously close to reaching an agreement. De Gea had rejected a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia earlier in June to focus on finalizing the details of a new contract at Old Trafford. However, the likelihood of him departing United at the end of the month has grown stronger.
Earlier this week, United had begun actively exploring the goalkeeper market while talks with De Gea continued. Porto’s Diogo Costa and Brentford’s David Raya were among the potential targets. Another name on their radar was Andre Onana, who had previously worked with manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax. Sources have revealed that United have engaged in discussions with Onana’s representatives in recent days.
Additionally, United has been in contact with Inter and has been informed that acquiring Onana this transfer window would require a total fee of €60 million. Chelsea had previously held talks with Inter over Onana but were deterred by the asking price. If United proceeds with the move for Onana, it would represent a significant shift in their summer transfer plans. Initially, the club had anticipated De Gea staying and signing a less expensive alternative to compete for the starting position. However, if the 32-year-old departs, United will be compelled to invest in a ready-made replacement.
Previous reports had disclosed that United had hoped young goalkeeper Matej Kovar, who impressed during a loan spell at Sparta Prague, would provide the necessary competition for De Gea.
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