Goalkeeper Zion Suzuki Opens to Manchester United Offer as Premier League Dream
Goalkeeper Zion Suzuki has confirmed that he had an offer from Manchester United and remains hopeful of fulfilling his dream of joining the Red Devils in the future.
The 21-year-old, who currently plies his trade on loan at Belgian side Sint-Truiden from Urawa Reds in Japan, was strongly linked with a move to United during the summer transfer window. However, the deal did not materialize, and United instead brought in Andre Onana and Altay Bayindir as part of a significant goalkeeping overhaul.
Despite the setback, Suzuki, born in the United States to a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mother, expressed his ambition to play in the English Premier League.
“My dream is to play in the Premier League, and I have received an offer from Manchester United,” he revealed, according to voetbalbelgie. “Even if I can’t go there now, I definitely want to go there in a few years.”
Suzuki, who made his debut at just 16 years old, has made four appearances in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League this season and represents Japan’s Under-23 side. He has also earned a senior squad cap.
Considered “a leader among the next generation of Japanese goalkeepers,” Suzuki was previously linked with a potential £5 million move to United. While reports once suggested that talks were progressing well, he ultimately declined the offer on the table.
His decision was influenced by his prioritization of playing time in preparation for the Paris Olympics, a choice that steered him away from the Old Trafford spotlight.
During the summer transfer window, United considered other goalkeeping options, including Dinamo Zagreb’s Dominik Livakovic and Feyenoord’s Justin Bijlow. In the end, they opted for Turkey international Bayindir, who joined for £4.3 million and signed a four-year contract, inheriting the No.1 shirt vacated by De Gea but is yet to make a competitive appearance.