André Onana is edging closer to joining Manchester United as the two clubs near a final agreement, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.
According to the latest information, Onana, who currently plays for Inter Milan, will secure a move to the Red Devils. The talented goalkeeper from Cameroon is set to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United, ensuring his stay until 2028.
Additionally, the deal includes an option to extend the agreement for another season until 2029. The transfer is said to be valued at approximately $62 million.
André Onana to Manchester United, it’s finally here we go! 🚨🔴🇨🇲
Clubs are closing in on the agreement then Onana will travel for medical tests and contract signing.
Man Utd set to request VISA for Onana for USA trip.
Ten Hag will have the new goalkeeper he wanted. pic.twitter.com/hWQX9svsMV
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2023
According to early reports from Italy, it is expected that Onana’s annual salary at Manchester United will be close to $8 million, which is more than double his previous earnings at Inter Milan ($3.4 million per year). The talented goalkeeper was Erik ten Hag’s top choice to replace the departing David de Gea.
Manchester United is currently finalizing the visa details for Onana, with the intention of having him join the squad for pre-season friendlies in the United States. The team is scheduled to face formidable opponents such as Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund.
Onana is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, known for his exceptional reflexes, agility, and shot-stopping abilities. His contributions were vital in Inter Milan’s journey to the UEFA Champions League final last season.
Erik ten Hag will be thrilled to have secured Onana’s signature ahead of the new season, allowing him ample time to integrate the goalkeeper into the squad.
The connection between Erik ten Hag and André Onana makes Onana a perfect fit for Manchester United
The reason André Onana was at the top of Erik ten Hag’s wishlist is twofold. Firstly, at just 27 years old, Onana is widely recognized as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Secondly, he shares a strong rapport with Ten Hag, having previously worked together at Ajax.
During their time together, Onana served as the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for Ajax. Under Ten Hag‘s guidance, they achieved remarkable success. They won three Eredivisie titles and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Andre Onana to Manchester United here we go ✨🔴
— M🏽fc (@UTDKenny_) July 17, 2023
Onana’s playing style aligns perfectly with Manchester United’s requirements. He possesses exceptional shot-stopping abilities and is also skilled in playing with the ball at his feet. At Ajax, he often initiated attacking transitions by finding then-midfielder Frenkie De Jong at defensive midfield.
With their shared history and Onana’s proficiency in Ten Hag’s preferred style of play, the goalkeeper is poised to make a seamless transition to Manchester United.
Onana’s comfort on the ball will alleviate pressure on the Manchester United backline. It will allow the midfielders to push higher up the pitch. Similar to how Ederson was once seen as a missing piece for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Onana can fulfill a vital role in Erik Ten Hag’s system.
Andre Onana’s last minute save for Erik Ten Hag’s Ajax, against Benfica in 2018. pic.twitter.com/vyjbcXn0dC
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In the modern game, goalkeepers are being asked to contribute more in terms of starting the attacking transition. Onana’s abilities and experience make him well-suited for this role. Having already played under Ten Hag at Ajax, he will require less time to adapt and integrate into the squad.
Securing Onana at the reported price point can be considered a steal for Manchester United. His presence between the posts will bring confidence and stability to the team, enhancing their overall performance on the field.