The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks, following the confirmation of David de Gea’s exit earlier this month.
United announced the transfer of the goalkeeper from Inter in a reported €51 million deal on Thursday evening.
United said in a statement, “Andre Onana has joined Manchester United on a contract running until June 2028, with the option of a further year, subject to international clearance.”
Onana’s signing for the club revealed that he will wear the number 24 shirt for the upcoming season.
Many supporters have questioned why Onana elected not to wear the number one shirt, which has been left vacant since De Gea’s departure from Old Trafford.
While Onana has not divulged the actual reason, he has previously worn the number 24 for Inter and Ajax.
According to Twitter user @TheEuropeanLad, “For those wondering, his birthday is April 2nd.” 2-4, 24. He began his professional career with this number; for one season, he attempted number one, but it didn’t work out, so he went back to 24 the following season.”
Timothy Fosu Mensah wore the number 24 shirt for Manchester United last season.
“To join Manchester United is an incredible honor,” Onana said after signing with the club. “I have worked hard all my life to get to this moment, overcoming many obstacles along the way.”
“It will be another incredible experience to walk out at Old Trafford to defend our goal and contribute to the team.” This is the beginning of a new journey for me, with new teammates and new goals to strive towards.”
“Manchester United has a long history of incredible goalkeepers, and I will now give everything I have in the coming years to create my own legacy,” he continued.
“I am thrilled to be working with Erik ten Hag again, and I can’t wait to contribute to the success I know he is determined to deliver at this fantastic football club.”
“Andre was our top choice to become the new goalkeeper for Manchester United, with exactly the right profile of technical attributes and personality,” United’s football director, John Murtough, continued.
“At the age of 27, he is already one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and we are confident that he can develop even further in the coming years.”