Manchester United were 'very close' to signing 'top earning' goalkeeper from Premier League rivals

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Manchester United were said to have been considering a Premier League rival before opting to sign Andre Onana.

With Euro 2024 and Copa América in full swing and displaying some of the world’s biggest talents, there are plenty of transfer links to enjoy as these players push for gold in their respective tournaments.

As well as active rumours currently being churned out, there are also previous connections being unearthed as clubs continue their search for exciting new signings. One interesting link has emerged regarding Manchester United’s recent search for a new goalkeeper. The Red Devils had been scouring the market for a tried and tested shot-stopped to replace David de Gea, whose iconic era at Old Trafford ended last July following the expiration of his contract.

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After 12 years and more than 500 appearances for United, the Reds were looking for their next number one and eventually signed Andre Onana, who joined the club in a £47.2 million deal from Inter. Other names had been on the radar before Onana’s announcement and a new update has revealed that United were considering a move for a Premier League rival to fill the gap left by De Gea.

Gustavo Goñi, the representative of Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez, has discussed a previous near-miss deal between his client and United.

“Last year, Emiliano was very close to Manchester United but the coach had a lot of weight and chose Onana, who already knew him and had had him at Ajax. But everyone at Manchester United maintained that the ideal goalkeeper was Emiliano,” Goñi told ESPN Fútbol 12.

Martínez’s value has shot up since he left Arsenal in 2020 and has continued to attract attention with his performances for both club and country. The 31-year-old won the Golden Glove during the 2022 World Cup, when Argentina lifted their first title since 1986.

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Last year, reports claimed that Villa were considering offers for Martínez but were looking for a sizeable transfer fee before making a firm decision. Both the player and his representatives had made it clear that he wanted to compete in Champions League football, which is something they missed out on last season.

A report from the Daily Mail claimed that Martínez had agreed a deal with Villa worth in the region of £100,000 per week, which put him as the club’s top earner. The Argentina international is under contract at Villa Park until 2027 and is currently valued by Transfermarkt at €28 million (£23.6m).

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