Man Utd should seal £52m transfer ‘next week’ with the player ‘chosen by Erik ten Hag’

Joe Williams
Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag smiles
Erik ten Hag smiles during a Premier League match.

Man Utd are likely to seal a deal for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana ‘next week’ after being ‘chosen’ by Erik ten Hag, according to reports.

The Red Devils could lose David de Gea this summer after contract talks broke down in recent weeks with the Spaniard out of contract at the end of this month.

There are rumours that De Gea has offers from Saudi Arabia and a report from Sky Sports yesterday insisted that his future at Man Utd is ‘in the balance’.

The report added that ‘discussions remain open’ over a potential renewal despite De Gea being named on the Red Devils’ released list.

And now the Man Utd recruitment team are busy lining up his replacement with rumours they are going to bring in a competitive back-up goalkeeper even if he stays.

Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Onana is the man to come in at Old Trafford with the report insisting that ‘there are no more doubts’ with the Cameroon international ‘chosen by Erik ten Hag’.

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The newspaper expects the deal to be closed ‘next week in all likelihood’ for around €50m plus bonuses after Man Utd ‘intensified’ their search for a new goalkeeper.

Another Italian newspaper, Corriere dello Sport, insist that Inter are still looking for €60m for Onana with Ten Hag said to be ‘pushing’ Man Utd to get the deal over the line.

There have been rumours that Man Utd met with his agent in Manchester earlier this week and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that a meeting took place.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “Rumours of “agent change” for André Onana are wide of mark. His agent was and remains Albert Botines who’s taking care of negotiations Botines met with Manchester United earlier this week — Chelsea have asked about Onana two weeks ago. Inter want at least €50m plus add-ons.”

Pep Guardiola recently praised Onana ahead of the Champions League final between Man City and Inter, which the Premier League side won 1-0.

Guardiola said in an interview with CBS Sports: “The goalkeeper, Onana, makes it really difficult to deploy a high press against. You cannot press the goalkeeper properly. They are masters at keeping the ball, right up to the attackers – the likes of Lautaro, Dzeko and Lukaku.

“If you look at United, for example, it is long ball. With [Marcus] Rashford and another one (forward) to run onto. But Inter are different, they keep the ball.”