Inter’s goalkeeper, Andre Onana, has reportedly rejected advances from Saudi Arabian clubs, keeping his sights set on a move to Manchester United, as per various reports.
With David de Gea’s contract now expired, the long-time custodian for the United net is officially a free agent as of last Friday. Despite forthcoming discussions regarding De Gea’s future with the club, Erik ten Hag has signalled his preference for Onana to be the main man between the sticks for the upcoming season.
Ten Hag has observed how Ederson and Alisson have revolutionized Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. He is in search of a goalkeeper who is similarly skilled with ball handling, and he sees Onana as that keeper, David McDonnell from the Daily Mirror reported.
Although FFP limitations and Ten Hag’s plans to bolster multiple squad areas could pose obstacles to finalising the deal, there’s an air of optimism surrounding the potential transfer. This optimism comes despite United dedicating a considerable part of their transfer funds to Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who was unveiled as their inaugural signing for the summer just this morning.
Inter rebuffed United’s initial £39m offer, which included add-ons, earlier today, holding out for a minimum £50m fee.
The current intention at Old Trafford appears to be spending a significant part of their transfer budget on a new goalkeeper and forward, with Onana and Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund emerging as the prime targets.