Man Utd pull out of £50m transfer with Ten Hag now forced to look at cheaper options

Joe Williams
Man Utd transfer target Andre Onana
Andre Onana could be leaving Serie A this summer.

Man Utd can’t afford to buy Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana and will now move on to cheaper options, according to reports.

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of goalkeepers as David de Gea’s future remains up in the air this summer despite his contract coming to an end last week.

Man Utd released a short statement at the end of last week, it read: “David De Gea’s contract is due to run out but discussions remain open with the long-serving keeper.”

The Red Devils reportedly agreed a £200k-a-week contract with De Gea last month but chose to back out at the last minute and have now put a new offer on the table for even less money.

It is understood that De Gea – who was previously happy to take a big pay cut before their U-turn – is now ‘considering his options’ with an offer from Saudi Arabia on the table.

Widespread reports have indicated that Inter goalkeeper Onana would be the man to replace De Gea with the Serie A side asking for around £50m for his services.

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However, The Metro claims that Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has been ‘forced to consider cheaper alternatives as the club are unable to sanction’ a move for Onana.

There have been reports that the Red Devils only have a £120m transfer budget for the summer transfer window and, with Mason Mount set to sign for around £60m, it leaves Man Utd ‘walking a Financial Fair Play tightrope’.

The Metro adds:

‘Without significant departures, Ten Hag will be forced to choose between Onana and a £60m-rated striker and the Dutchman feels a forward is the more pressing concern.

‘United are therefore looking at cheaper alternatives to Onana, with Frankfurt stopper Kevin Trapp in the frame.’

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta revealed late last week that the rumours of Man Utd interest in the Cameroon international are true.

Marotta said: “Manchester United have expressed an interest (in Onana) which may or may not lead to an offer in the next few days.

“Once that happens, both Inter and the player will carefully assess it.”

Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport reported yesterday that ‘contacts are constant’ between Man Utd and Inter over Onana but that an official bid had still not arrived from Manchester.