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OFFICIAL: Man United complete signing of goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan

Manchester United have completed the signing of goalkeeper André Onana from Inter Milan, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

According to Sky Sport, the deal is worth €51 million and Onana has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

The Cameroon international, 27, previously worked with new manager Erik ten Hag during a successful spell at Ajax.

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Speaking to United’s club channels, Onana said: “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, He continues. 

“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.”

The Cameroonian goalkeeper will wear the number 24 jersey for Machester United.

Onana spent seven years at Ajax and won three Eredivisie titles, all while Ten Hag was at the helm, before departing on a free transfer to Inter in the summer of 2022.

In February 2021, he was handed a 12-month ban, later reduced to nine months on appeal, for violating doping rules.

Onana enjoyed a superb first season at Inter, starting every game and keeping eight clean sheets as they reached the Champions League final before losing to Manchester City. He also helped the Milan side win the Coppa Italia.

“Andre was our top choice to become the new goalkeeper for Manchester United, with exactly the right profile of technical attributes and personality,” Man United football director John Murtough said. “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.”

Onana joins Dean Henderson and veteran Tom Heaton as senior goalkeepers at Old Trafford.

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