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First Agent Arrival – Man Utd hold ‘direct meeting’ with agent of €50m Serie A star – Fabrizio Romano

Albert Botines, Andre Onana's agent, meets with Manchester United concerning a transfer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the representative of Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana met directly with Manchester United to explore a prospective trade.

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The Red Devils’ future is currently uncertain, as David de Gea’s contract expires this month. He has no inclination to accept lower pay in order to extend his stay.

As a result, he might become a free agent. According to Romano, the Red Devils are approaching numerous goalkeepers in case the Spaniard decides to go.

Onana is one of the club’s top targets, and his agent, Albert Botines, is said to have had a ‘direct meeting’ with United yesterday.

Inter is willing to sell Onana for €50 million plus add-ons.

Onana would be ideal for United’s goal.

Last season, Ten Hag decided to keep De Gea as his starting goalkeeper. The Spaniard kept 25 clean sheets, but his distribution was far from outstanding.

He averaged 20 accurate passes and five long balls per league game. In all competitions, the 32-year-old made four errors that resulted in goals.

De Gea also gave rival players possession around his own box, but his blushes were saved by some last-ditch defending from his colleagues.

Next season, United certainly requires an upgrade in goalkeeping. Onana, who formerly played for Erik ten Hag, would be an ideal match for the club.

Ten Hag oversaw him at Ajax for four and a half seasons, during which time he was generally the uncontested goalie.

Last season, Onana averaged 30 passes per Serie A game with a 79% accuracy rate. He is a modern shot-stopper who, unlike De Gea, routinely comes off his line.

In his first season with Inter, the Cameroonian made no mistakes that led to goals. He possesses all the characteristics necessary to be United’s number one for many seasons.

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