“I understand…” – Sky journalist says Man United hold genuine interest in 27 y/o “superstar”

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According to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United is interested in signing Inter Milan custodian Andre Onana, but they may have to compete with Chelsea for his services.

What recent Man United custodian news is there?

Despite reports that David de Gea and Man United are in contract negotiations, Diogo Costa of FC Porto has been mentioned as a possible goaltender replacement for Man United during the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old, who has been a longtime target for the Red Devils, was recently sent a scout to check him out. He is considered one of the “obvious options” to replace their number one, but he is not the only player of interest.

Dominik Livakovic of Dinamo Zagreb, whose release clause is under £8.8 million, is another player reportedly in Erik ten Hag’s sights. Giorgio Mamardashvili is also rumoured to be a possibility.

Di Marzio claims that Onana might be a target this summer, saying to Sky Sports recently: “I understand that Manchester United and Chelsea like him.”

The Italian continued, when asked how much the custodian may cost, “Inter would only sacrifice Onana for amounts above €50m (£44m).” (Source: Inter News

Do Man United need to get Andre Onana?

De Gea’s future at Man United is still up for discussion; journalist Dean Jones recently asserted that it is a “really difficult” choice to make given his stellar service to the team and status as “one of the best goalkeepers in the game.”

However, the shot-stopper is now 32 years old, so a long-term replacement may be required. For this reason, Onana could be a great addition, especially given the fact that he is currently averaging a higher match rating than the Spaniard.

The Cameroonian, who has been dubbed a “superstar” by journalist Oma Akatugba, has a save rate of 77.1% per 90 over the past year, which puts him in the 89th percentile among peers in his position, and an 87th percentile for clean sheets.

Onana’s price tag is the only thing that raises doubts about the move, as £44 million is a lot of money to spend on a custodian when United already has a “fantastic” player in that position who has extensive Premier League experience.

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