‘Can you believe it?’ - Man Utd told to stay away from pricey Andre Onana transfer
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Manchester United have been told not to meet Inter Milan’s reported asking price for goalkeeper Andre Onana.
The Red Devils appear determined to land Onana as they search for David De Gea’s replacement this summer. De Gea left the club at the end of his contract this summer, though there has been talk he could yet be brought back if United are not able to find a new stopper.
They do seem to have, at the very least, identified the man they want, though, reportedly engaged in talks with Inter Milan over Onana.
Onana has established himself as one of Europe’s best goalkeepers over recent years, most recently reaching the Champions League final with Inter. The Italian club eventually lost to Manchester City, becoming the third Italian side to lose a major European final during the 2022/23 season.
United are now looking to steal Onana away from San Siro as they search for a new starter between the sticks, but they haven’t been able to strike a deal up to this point. It’s claimed the Red Devils started the bidding at £39million, but after initially demanding £60million, Inter are reportedly willing to settle somewhere around the £52million mark.
But former United frontman Alan Brazil is urging his old club to stay away from the deal if it’s going to cost that much to sign Onana.
“£39 million for a goalie? Can you believe it?,” Brazil told talkSPORT. “Don’t pay £52 million, for goodness sake. Too much. (Inter are) taking the mickey. I know he is a good goalie, but £39 million is plenty. Don’t pay any more!”
Ultimately, top goalkeepers cost a lot these days, and particularly goalkeepers who can play with the ball at their feet. Alisson Becker cost Liverpool £66million, Chelsea paid more than £70million for Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Manchester City got themselves a bargain with Ederson, spending around £34million.