After bidding farewell to David De Gea, the Red Devils are in the market for a new goalkeeper. In an emotional farewell, the long-serving Spaniard revealed his departure from Old Trafford. After 12 seasons in the United goal, replacing him will be a critical component of Ten Hag’s rebuilding plan.
For that reason, United have focused on signing Inter goalkeeper Onana. The Cameroonian international is recognized as one of the greatest in the world at his position. As a result, Inter has no intention of selling him cheaply.
Indeed, Onana was allegedly ordered to prepare for the move on Tuesday evening, amid a double seal of permission for the agreement.
United, on the other hand, understands that they will have to dig deep to get a deal done. Inter Milan immediately rejected their original bid of €40 million (£34.3 million).
And, with the Champions League finalists insisting, a fee of around €55 million (£47 million) is likely.
United isn’t quite there yet, and the payment structure, as well as how much of the price will be made up of bonuses, have yet to be agreed upon.
Fabrizio Romano, providing an update on the crisis, reports critical conversations are scheduled for Thursday.
“Each side wants this deal to happen, but Inter want their money and Manchester United don’t want to overpay,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.
Fabrizio Romano provides an update on Man United’s negotiations with Onana.
“All parties believe the deal will go through because Manchester United is saying goodbye to De Gea and has Onana as their top target.” “They are very close to what Inter wants,” he added.
“Inter is also willing to sell.” They are already developing new keepers, such as [Anatoliy] Trubin and [Yann] Sommer. They want both keepers and are looking forward.
“Both clubs want it and are working hard to get it.” According to my sources, Thursday is the critical day for the Onana purchase to go through. There will be a new round of negotiations to finalize this agreement.
“It was a tense day [on Wednesday] in the club talks.” However, this transaction is still very much alive and well. Andre Onana is still on the verge of joining Manchester United.”
While there is still hope that an agreement can be reached, Ten Hag is planning backup measures in case the transfer fails.
And the United manager appears to have not ruled out having Dean Henderson as his new No. 1 starting this season.
Last season, the keeper was permitted to go on loan to Nottingham Forest. And the 26-year-old Cumbrian is set to sign a permanent agreement with Steve Cooper’s side.
Ten Hag reveals Manchester United’s back-up plan
However, no agreement has been reached because United must first complete the Onana transaction.
When asked if he expects to use Henderson this season, Ten Hag says he’s not ruling anything out.
“Of course,” she says. I followed him for the entire season last year. Of course, the goalkeeper is a crucial position, but I’m pleased with the individuals we already have. Transfers are unpredictable, but we’re working on it.”
Ten Hag was speaking following his United team’s 2-0 pre-season triumph over Leeds in Oslo.
Mason Mount made his debut in the game, and while he was only on the field for the first half, Ten Hag was pleased with what he saw.
“I think you’ve seen today what he can bring,” Ten Hag added. “He’s ball-secure, has good on-ball solutions, is dynamic, and is good at defending.”
“He’s a complete midfielder.” He has some places to improve, but overall, he’s a very excellent player who fits us and can help us achieve our goals.
“He was wonderful, but we all expected that from him.” This was his first game, but he’s going to make a huge difference in our performance. We are aware of his qualities, and he will undoubtedly raise the caliber of our team.