Manchester United FC have completed the signing of experienced Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana Onana from Inter Milan, on a five-year deal with an option for another year, the club announced this Thursday evening.
Onana completes a €47.2 after just a year at Inter Milan, and reunites with Erik Ten Haag with whom he previously worked at Ajax Amsterdam FC.
The Cameroon international becomes only the second Cameroonian player to join Manchester United, following the footsteps of Eric Djemba Djemba who previously played for the club.
He is expected to instantly replace David De Gea who left Old Trafford last month after 12 years.
“Andre was our top choice to become the new goalkeeper for Manchester United, with exactly the right profile of technical attributes and personality. Having achieved success throughout his career, we know that Andre will further add to the winning mentality we are building within our squad.
“He is already one of the world’s best goalkeepers and at the age of 27 we firmly believe that he can develop even further over the coming years,” John Murtough, Manchester United’s football director, said.
Reacting to his arrival in Manchester United, the former Barcelona B and Fundesport Academy keeper stated his objective of his move to Manchester.
“To join Manchester United is an incredible honour and I have worked hard all my life to get to this moment, overcoming many obstacles along the way. Walking out at Old Trafford to defend our goal and contribute to the team will be another amazing experience. This is the start of a new journey for me, with new teammates, and new ambitions to fight for.
“Manchester United has a long history of incredible goalkeepers, and I will now give everything to create my own legacy in the coming years. I am excited by the opportunity to work again with Erik ten Hag, and I can’t wait to play my part in the success I know he is determined to deliver at this great football club.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 20, 2023
Onana joins a rare list of African goalkeepers to play in the English Premier League. He joins the likes of Bruce Grobelaar and Edouard Mendy on the list of goalkeepers from the continent who played in the Premier League.
Onana has completed formalities to be registered as a Manchester United player before traveling to the US to join the rest of the squad for pre-season.
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