After a prolonged and intense transfer saga, Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag has finally acquired his desired player, Andre Onana, from Inter Milan. The Cameroon international, known for his modern goalkeeping skills and exceptional ball control, is set to replace David de Gea as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper.
United had been eyeing Onana for some time, and the pursuit intensified following the confirmation of David de Gea’s departure from the club. While Inter initially showed reluctance to strike a deal, Manchester United managed to secure the move for a reported fee in the region of £50 million. Onana has signed a five-year deal with the club, extending until June 2028, with the option of an additional year.
Expressing his excitement about joining Manchester United, Onana stated, “To join Manchester United is an incredible honor, and I have worked hard all my life to get to this moment, overcoming many obstacles along the way. Walking out at Old Trafford to defend our goal and contribute to the team will be another amazing experience. This is the start of a new journey for me, with new teammates and new ambitions to fight for.”
Before the official announcement, Onana bid an emotional farewell to Inter Milan, expressing his love for San Siro, the Curva, and the city. However, he acknowledged that the time was right for him to embark on a new journey at Old Trafford and conveyed his gratitude to all the Interisti for making the club great.
The signing of Andre Onana is a significant boost for manager Erik ten Hag, who emphasizes playing out from the back, a style that aligns perfectly with the Cameroonian’s strengths as a ball-playing goalkeeper. The transition to Old Trafford is expected to be smooth for Onana, as he previously worked under Ten Hag during his time at Ajax.
Onana began his journey with Ajax at the age of 18 in 2015 and spent seven successful seasons with the Dutch club before moving to Inter Milan in 2022. Initially facing competition for the starting goalkeeper position, Onana eventually established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper and played a vital role in helping Inter reach the Champions League final.
His last game for Inter Milan was a defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League final, with Guardiola’s side securing a 1-0 victory. Now, Onana is eager to join Erik ten Hag’s United for pre-season training ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign, which kicks off at home against Wolves on August 14th.
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