Andre Onana is likely to join Manchester United after an outstanding term at Inter Milan, adding to the team’s dynamic lineup and marking the latest addition to Cameroon’s legacy of producing exceptional goalkeepers.
Onana, 27, has signed a €55 million contract with Manchester United, following the completion of his medical examinations and associated documentation at Carrington on Wednesday. On Thursday, he will meet with his new team in New York. The team expects to make an official statement about Onana’s arrival within the next 24 hours.
The Cameroonian goalkeeper stood out in Inter Milan’s recent Champions League final, despite the team’s tight 1-0 loss to Manchester City. Despite the defeat, Onana’s world-class abilities shone through, particularly his excellent passing range, command of his box, and unrivaled shot-stopping ability. Inter, aided by Onana’s bravery, posed huge obstacles in a game when Manchester City was anticipated to dominate possession.
Onana’s arrival not only strengthens Erik ten Hag’s defense but also follows in the footsteps of renowned Cameroonian goalkeepers such as the legendary Tommy “Cat” N’Kono and Joseph-Antoine “Jojo” Bell, who competed for the Indomitable Lions’ No. 1 shirt. In an ironic twist, Onana was fired from the national team during a World Cup owing to conflicts with his coach, drawing parallels with a similar scenario involving N’Kono and Bell in 1990.
N’Kono’s achievement in Italia ’90, as well as the subsequent performances of other Cameroonian goalkeepers like Jacques Songo’o and Carlos Kameni in European leagues, established Cameroon as a breeding ground for world-class keepers. Onana grew up in this illustrious history and hopes to continue it at Manchester United.
Manchester United has announced Jonny Evans’ return for a second time in a wave of important acquisitions. The three-time Premier League champion is a free agent and will play in pre-season friendlies alongside Onana. Simultaneously, the club is focusing on Atalanta attacker Rasmus Hojlund, with a projected £60 million bid on the table. These developments took place against the backdrop of Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s probable takeover attempt for the club.
Manchester United appears to be in for a bright season, with new talent joining the ranks and the possibility of a strategic shift in club ownership on the horizon.