Manchester United academy star to join Bundesliga side in a €9m deal

Manchester United players with their manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United continue to make changes in their goalkeeping department REUTERS/Phil Noble.

Manchester United replaced David de Gea with Andre Onana earlier in the summer, but their goalkeeping reshuffle is far from done.

Tom Heaton’s injury before the start of the season has put question marks on Dean Henderson’s potential exit, as Erik ten Hag continues to look for a reliable backup goalkeeper.

Having said that, whether the Englishman would happily continue at Old Trafford as Onana’s understudy remains unclear. He pushed for a move to Nottingham Forest last summer because he wasn’t willing to sit on the bench.

Manchester United goalkeeper to join Bayer Leverkusen

Ten Hag also handed Matěj Kovář the opportunity to impress between the sticks during pre-season. The academy talent did well against Leeds and Lyon, but he’s now believed to be on his way out of United.

The Red Devils have accepted a €9m bid from Bayer Leverkusen to sell Kovář. The 23-year-old enjoyed a promising loan spell with Sparta Prague last season and is now being rewarded with a high profile move to one of the Bundesliga’s most exciting sides.

Meanwhile, United will be happy to bag a significant fee for an academy player who had no clear pathway to the Starting XI. The issue, however, is that Kovář’s exit leaves their goalkeeping department even lighter.

The club’s hierarchy are working on resolving Henderson’s future as well as bringing in a new suitable back-up goalkeeper. Earlier this week it was reported that United agreed a fee with Urawa Red Diamonds for Zion Suzuki. But Suzuki turned down the opportunity in favour of a move to Belgium.