12, June 2019
Manchester United have identified Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana as their preferred successor for David de Gea this summer.
The Red Devils are expecting to lose the long-serving Spaniard this summer, who looks ready to move after failing to extend his contract which now has just 12 months left to run.
De Gea last month rejected United’s final contract offer to him, meaning the club will be left with little choice but to sell him off for the best price.
The club has been linked with Jasper Cillessen as a replacement, but with Barcelona seemingly looking to hold out for the player’s €60m asking price, a move for the Dutchman looks beyond what they’re willing to pay.
And if £54m is too much for Cillessen, that’s very much the case when it comes to Jan Oblak; the Atletico Madrid keeper once again emerging as a surprise option this week amid claims the €100m keeper wants out at the Wanda Metropolitano this summer.
As such, The Independent claims United have instead identified Cameroon keeper Onana as their No 1 choice – mainly due to the fact that they believe Ajax will do business at around £40m.
That will keep funds free for the club to spend more on rebuilding their defence, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifying the need to sign a new right-back and possibly a new centre-half too.
Onana is set to be confirmed as Cameroon’s first-choice keeper for the upcoming African Cup of Nations and United are set to monitor his performances before making a move.
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