Erik Ten Hag Pushing Manchester United To Sign His Former Player In The Summer
Written By Onyeka Daniel
This summer, Manchester United will have two main decisions to take over their players, sorting out the future of Marcus Rashford and David De Gea.
For the former, the club will do anything to keep him as the club, player and coach are all in agreement, but for their goalkeeper, Erik Ten Hag would rather bring in another player for the position as he wants a keeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet and has good passing range.
A number of goalkeepers including David Raya, Diogo Costa, Emiliano Martinez and Yassine Bounou have already been linked with moves to Old Trafford.
But a new name has now emerged, Inter Milan goalkeeper, Andre Onana. Onana, who was handed a nine-month ban after testing positive for banned substance Furosemide during Ten Hag’s time in Holland, is known for his saves and technical ability with his feet.
According to reports, Ten Hag is pushing for a reunion with his former player after signing as many as three players from his former club, Ajax since he took over as coach of Manchester United at the start of this season even if he was unsuccessful in his pursuit of Frankie De Jong.
With Inter still struggling financially, Onana represents the chance to raise some cash should the club receive a suitable offer this summer. Since they signed him for free, his sales would represent a huge gain for the club and could help them keep some other players that they’re less keen to sell like Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella.
Although United are still in talk with David de Gea over a new contract, it’s believed Onana would be his long-term replacement at Old Trafford. According to the Gazzetta, Inter would start listening to offers for their goalkeeper at around €40 million.
De Gea, on his part has made it clear his focus is on finishing the season strongly as he looks to avoid the outside noise before discussing his future at the club. “I’ve been here many many years, enjoying every moment in this club playing many games,” he told reporters recently.
“Of course it’s great to be here, it’s a massive club and I love the club and I’m really happy here of course. “It’s been the same over the years, there’s a lot of noise around the club but players just focus on games, especially the one we have one Sunday – a massive game for us because we want to finish in the top four.
“Like I say, we have many many games so I think we have to be really really caring about training, recovering well, helping the team and that’s the most important thing, more than contracts or anything.” He further added.
According to reports from Germany, Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper, Gregor Kobel is another name being linked with a move to Old Trafford as the goalkeeper has been impressive so far with the German Bundesliga League leaders.
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Kobel has only been at Dortmund for 18 months but has established himself as one of the standout stoppers in the Bundesliga. Dortmund want to extend Kobel’s contract, which currently runs until the summer of 2026.
But the Swiss international is thought to want an increase in his current salary, which currently stands at around £35,000 per week. United wouldn’t have any trouble meeting his demands, with De Gea currently earning a whopping £375,000 per week. But first, they would have to convince Dortmund to let the player leave.
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