Andre Onana has reached an agreement on personal terms and is on the verge of signing a five-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option to extend for another year. Inter Milan expects the fee for the Cameroonian goalkeeper to amount to approximately £43 million, including add-ons.
Manchester United is planning to officially announce the deal on Monday and is working on processing Onana’s visa, enabling him to travel with the squad to the United States for their tour on Wednesday. There is a possibility that the 27-year-old could make his debut against Arsenal in New Jersey on Saturday, followed by matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
United had been in search of a new goalkeeper since opting not to extend David de Gea’s 12-year tenure at the club. De Gea departed as a free agent at the end of June, as manager Erik ten Hag expressed a desire for a goalkeeper who excels with the ball at his feet. Onana, who previously played under Ten Hag at Ajax before joining Inter last year, possesses strength in that area of the game.
During his solitary season at the San Siro, Onana made 41 appearances across all competitions, helping Inter win the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana, while also reaching the final of the Champions League.
With the impending signing of Onana, Manchester United’s summer spending will surpass the £100 million mark, following the £60 million acquisition of Mason Mount from Chelsea. The club will now intensify its efforts to secure a new striker, with Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund being the primary target.
Once the Onana deal is finalized, United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is expected to join Nottingham Forest in a deal worth up to £20 million. This move comes after Tom Heaton signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford to serve as the backup goalkeeper.