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“There was contact” – European goalkeeper reveals Man United approach before Andre Onana signing



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Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow has revealed that Manchester United made contact with him before they signed Andre Onana from Inter Milan.

Bijlow, 25, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford amid reports concerned over the possibility of United matching Inter’s valuation of Onana.

The Reds would eventually go onto sign the Cameroon goalkeeper, who was officially announced on Thursday, leaving a slim chance that the Netherlands ‘keeper will make a move.

Of course, it has been widely reported that Erik ten Hag is interested in purchasing a no.2 to work alongside Onana and provide depth. Urawa Red Diamonds’ Zion Suzuki is on their three-man shortlist.

Yet, it would seem less likely that the Feyenoord shot-stopper would accept a backup role.

He has admitted that he was in contact with the English club, though added it has gone ‘quiet’ following Onana’s signing. He also stated that United never made a formal bid to his team.

“I don’t want to talk about it too much, it’s just quiet now,” he told FR12.

“There was just contact. Manchester United have not made an offer to Feyenoord, but what I say: I don’t want to talk about it out of respect for Feyenoord

“I want to achieve the highest achievable in my career. When that is, we will see for ourselves. Another year at Feyenoord, that’s never bad.”

Whilst Bijlow might not be a prime option for the no.2 spot at Old Trafford, it could be a potential signing if United deal with their priorities in good time.

They are chasing Ramus Hojlund of Atalanta for their striker position and are set to make their first offer to the Italian club next week. A midfielder could also be signed depending on departures, with Sofyan Amrabat the main linked player.

Onana, who was not involved in United’s 2-0 friendly win against Arsenal on Saturday, has expressed his delight at joining the club and is looking forward to progressing with the club.

“It’s great to be part of this club and now it’s time to go and give back the trust they put on me. I know if we are all together we will do great things,” he told club media.