Manchester United have switched their focus on bringing in Andre Onana to Old Trafford, having already announced the signing of Mason Mount from Chelsea.
In Mount, Erik ten Hag gets the player who will add physicality and tenacity out of possession to his midfield and help United penetrate low-block defences with the ball at his feet. The aim now is to add a proactive option between the sticks as well.
United have let David de Gea run down his contract, and the progress they’ve made in their bid to sign Onana suggests the Spaniard is unlikely to be re-signed on the back of the season that highlighted his lack of decisiveness frequently.
Manchester United agree terms with Onana
Inter rebuffed United’s opening verbal offer believed to be in the region of €45m, having slapped a price tag of €60m on Onana’s head. However, the Red Devils aren’t going anywhere just yet.
As per Fabrizio Romano, United have improved their bid for the 27-year-old goalkeeper to €50m add-ons included. The transfer guru has also claimed that the Premier League giants have agreed personal terms with the former Ajax man.
Inter are unlikely to accept this offer, but sources believe €55m could be “the right number to make it happen.”
Some decision-makers at United still remain in favour of handing De Gea a new contract considering the club’s limited budget due to Financial Fair Play regulations. But Ten Hag wants a goalkeeper, who will add technical security to his squad. Having already worked with Onana at Ajax, the Dutch coach is aware of what he’d be getting from the Inter man.
However, Onana’s arrival may force the manager to compromise with his striker pursuit should United don’t manage to raise significant funds through sales.