Manchester United have to pay €60 million (£52m) to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport (page 2).
The Red Devils are considering a replacement for David de Gea with the Spaniard reluctant to accept a pay-cut on his current wages of £375,000-a-week.
His present deal expires at the end of June, and there is a high possibility that he could leave as a free agent unless United meet his contract demands.
Inter Milan’s Andre Onana has been identified as the prime target to replace him, and it was recently reported that his agent spoke with the Red Devils.
However, a deal is unlikely to be straightforward with Inter now holding out for £52m to sell him.
Corriere dello Sport claim that the move is ‘much more in turmoil’ with Inter set to lose Onana’s potential successor Guglielmo Vicario to Tottenham Hotspur.
Man Utd need to pay premium fee for Onana
United are currently in discussions with Chelsea for midfielder Mason Mount. Their third bid of £55m was rejected. They will need to make an improved proposal.
The Blues are looking for £65m including add-ons for the England international, but United will be hoping to negotiate a package of around £60m for his services.
Meanwhile, United won’t get Onana on the cheap. They have held preliminary talks with his representative, but the big question now is whether they can afford him.
Erik ten Hag currently has a pre-sales budget of only £120m, and it looks likely that the club will spend part of it on securing the signature of Mount this summer.
United could spend the remaining funds on Onana, but the manager may prioritise the signing of a striker first before focusing on the goalkeeping department.
In our opinion, the Red Devils can’t afford to take their time on the 2023 Champions League finalist as other European rivals could trump them to his signature.
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