Andre Onana has officially signed a five-year deal at Manchester United with there being an option to extend for a further year.
The goalkeeper will be joining up with United’s 31-man squad in New York ahead of their pre-season fixture against Arsenal on Saturday and could be in contention to make his unofficial debut for the club.
It has been reported that the deal for Erik ten Hag’s new no.1 is worth £43.9 million plus £3.4 million in add-ons.
A club statement read: “Andre Onana has joined Manchester United on a contract running until June 2028, with the option of a further year, subject to international clearance.
“The Cameroonian goalkeeper has kept 104 clean sheets in 255 club appearances.
“He won three league titles and two KNVB Cups with Ajax before joining Inter in 2022.
“Last season, he won the Coppa Italia and recorded the most clean sheets in the Champions League.”
What Andre Onana has said about signing for Manchester United
“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.”
What John Murtough has said about signing Andre Onana
“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.”
What Erik ten Hag has said about signing Andre Onana
Most important, always for a keeper, is clean sheets and he’s not doing that on his own. Therefore, you need a very good defensive organisation, [it’s] quite clear. But also the capabilities of a keeper is [about] keeping the goal clean. So this is the first criterion of a good goalkeeper.
“But, nowadays, football also demands good playing from the back, out-playing qualities, and that is a quality Andre has. You need both and you need to cover both areas. So yeah, we’re happy, of course.
“Did he have a good relationship with Martinez at Ajax? Yeah, of course. With the centre-half, it’s very important, that communication. That is always very important. It’s about the co-operation, the team. The keeper with his back four, the keeper with his whole team. It has to be connected.
“So you need the social and communication skills to get that on the highest level, on the level with the demand and the standards are very high in the Premier League and especially with Manchester United.”
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