Manchester United agree fee for fourth signing but player rejects to join Ten Hag’s side

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag before the match against Liverpool.

The goalkeeper expected to be a strong back-up option at Man United has rejected their approach to sign him REUTERS/Michael Regan

When David De Gea left Manchester United earlier this summer an era came to a close. For many supporters of the Red Devils, the trusty Spaniard is all they remember when they think of the club’s goalpost. Such was his lasting and memorable impact.

Of course, the signing of Andre Onana brought in a different brand of excitement altogether at Old Trafford. This keeper is a modern one and it would not be a stretch to say that signing him was like bringing another defender to United’s backline. Never hesitant to play from the back and get involved deep into his half, Onana has already shown in pre-season how Erik ten Hag could hope to transform the side.

However, it is also crucial for the side to have a capable back-up option ready, and in that regard, they may have just suffered a setback.

Suzuki rejects Manchester United

Zion Suzuki was widely considered to be a shot-stopper that United were actively pursuing. As per the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils even agreed a fee with his club, Urawa Red Diamonds.

However, Suzuki has put those claims to rest by joining Belgian side STVV, who are incidentally Japanese-owned. It does appear that the promising starlet was not keen on playing second-fiddle in United’s ranks.

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With youngster Nathan Bishop bidding farewell to United, the club currently has Tom Heaton, another stalwart of the club although not one who has played regularly, as their back-up option. Academy graduate Matej Kovar became a rapid fan-favourite with his gusto early on in the pre-season but it is suggested that he may be shipped off to another loan move this campaign as well.

As such, there is speculation that the Mancunian club will look to the market for another keeper before the window comes to a close.