Man Utd have ‘customized red shirt waiting’ for £50m star at Old Trafford
According to transfer insider Dean Jones, Manchester United have the ‘No.1 shirt waiting’ for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana. The uncertainty surrounding David de Gea’s future at the club has prompted United’s interest in the highly regarded shot-stopper.
While De Gea is technically a free agent as his contract has expired, no official decision has been made regarding his future. Onana, on the other hand, has emerged as a potential replacement or challenger for the goalkeeper position at United.
The Red Devils had an initial bid for Onana rejected by Inter Milan, but negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing. Sky Sports reported that an agreement is close, with a proposal of £40m plus £5m in add-ons potentially satisfying Milan’s £50m valuation.
Dean Jones believes that United’s successful acquisition of Mason Mount has boosted their confidence in securing a deal for Onana. The potential signing of Onana is expected to uplift the spirits of United fans and bring a change in their style of play, aligning with manager Erik ten Hag’s vision.
Ten Hag previously worked with Onana at Ajax, where they achieved success together. Onana’s technical ability, distribution skills, and shot-stopping capabilities make him a suitable fit for Ten Hag’s system. His presence between the posts would enhance United’s playing out from the back and align them with Ten Hag’s desired stylistic improvements.
The Dutch goalkeeper’s desire to join United and his understanding of Ten Hag’s methods make this a promising move. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, has also praised Onana’s exceptional footwork and highlighted his ability to disrupt high pressing.
Overall, United is confident in finalizing a deal for Onana and bolstering their squad for the upcoming season.