Done Deal – Man Utd make offer to sign 6ft 2in star, player left out of squad ahead of proposed move
Manchester United has made a loan offer to Newcastle United for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, with a purchase option worth roughly £5 million.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United has made a bid to Newcastle United to take goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan with an option to buy for roughly £5 million.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, is keen to bolster his squad before the transfer market closes on September 1st, and another goalkeeper to compete with David De Gea has been identified as a priority.
De Gea has had an unsatisfactory start to the current Premier League season, with errors against Brentford costing him the game, and it looks ten Hag is hoping to bring in another shot-stopper this month.
Man United have lately been connected with Bundesliga duo Kevin Trapp and Yann Sommer, but they have now switched their focus to a goalkeeper closer to home.
According to Fabrizio Romano, United is in talks with Newcastle about signing Dubravka and has offered him a season-long loan.
According to the Italian journalist, the two teams are also negotiating a potential option to buy clause next summer, which would allow Man Utd to make the trade permanent for about £5 million.
Dubravka has been with Newcastle since arriving from Sparta Prague in 2018 and has appeared in 130 games for the Magpies in that time.
However, the 6ft 2in stopper has lost his first-team spot this season due to the signing of Burnley’s Nick Pope. Dubravka was set to start at No.2 in Newcastle’s Carabao Cup second-round triumph over Tranmere on Wednesday night, but he was ruled out due to ‘sickness.’
The Slovakian international was most likely left out due to Manchester United’s interest, and the player might potentially be moving to Old Trafford if a deal can be reached between the two teams.
Dubravka would be strong competition for De Gea, given he has been a consistent performer at St James’ Park and has plenty of Premier League experience.
With ten Hag allegedly looking for a forward and another right-back, a loan move would allow Manchester United to save transfer funds to bolster other parts of the squad.