Manchester United confirm signing of goalkeeper Andre Onana
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Andre Onana.
Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan on a contract which will run until the summer of 2028.
Onana, who served a nine month drugs ban in 2021, replaces the long-serving David De Gea between the United sticks after he announced his departure earlier this month.
The ban was not for a performance enhancing drug, but rather for Furosemide – a drug which can be used to mask other drugs from showing up in test results.
The ‘keeper was also followed by controversy at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as he retired from Cameroon international duty after clashing with his manager Rigobert Song over tactical reasons.
Onana is a modern sweeper-keeper but his tendency to venture from his own penalty box was not appreciated by Song as much as it might be by the more progressive Erik Ten Hag.
Onana pleased to sign 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,” said the shot-stopper.
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“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.”
Onana follows England international midfielder Mason Mount to the Red Devils this summer as they look to improve on last season’s second place finish.
There is also talk that they will press hard to secure the services of Atlanta striker Rasmus Hojlund who – at 20 years of age – is considered one of the best attacking prospects in all of Europe.