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Manchester United target Onana to replace De Gea

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana

Bengaluru, June 13: Manchester United have identified Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana as a possible replacement for in-demand David de Gea.

The Old Trafford number one has resisted all offers of a new deal and now just has 12 months remaining on his existing contract. The club's stance has been that they would rather let the 28-year-old leave for nothing in summer 2020 than sell him during the current close season.

However the Spaniard endured a troubled end to the campaign, as he was blamed for a series of high profile errors as his club's season nose-dived. And that may be taken into consideration if a serious offer for De Gea does come in before the transfer window ends in August.

A sizeable bid would give Ed Woodward and the United hierarchy a big decision to make which is why they have begun to plan for that possibility.

Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak has also made known that he will be open to move to United once he leaves Spain and that is certain to be of interest. But the Red Devils have also been impressed by Onana's season as he helped the Dutch club to make their way to the Champions League semi-final.

The 23-year-old Cameroon international would be a considerably chepaer option than Oblak who command a world record fee for a keeper.

The feeling is Onana would cost around £40 million and he is in the right kind of age bracket to be at United for the long-haul.

Should de Gea leave the Theater of Dreams, Solskjaer would want to give number two Sergio Romero the chance to show he is capable of stepping up.

The Argentine has plenty of experience at the top level and at the international level for Argentina over the years and has hardly disappointed when given a chance to shine at Manchester United deputizing De Gea in the Cup games.

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Story first published: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 10:00 [IST]
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