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    Multiple UK media outlets reported on Tuesday that Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana for a fee of £47 million ($61 million, €55 million). The 27-year-old Cameroonian played a significant role in Inter’s journey to the Champions League final and has previously worked with United manager Erik ten Hag during their time together at Ajax.

    It is reported that Onana will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford, becoming the successor to David De Gea as the club’s number one goalkeeper. United will make an initial payment of 51 million euros, with an additional four million euros due in performance-related add-ons.

    De Gea recently departed from Manchester United after 12 years with the club. The Spanish goalkeeper faced difficulties adapting to Ten Hag’s preference for playing out from the back, and Onana is seen as a more suitable fit for the Dutch coach’s philosophy.

    Onana’s football journey began when he joined Barcelona’s youth academy at the age of 14, having been discovered at Samuel Eto’o’s academy in his native Cameroon. However, he failed to break into Barcelona’s first team and subsequently moved to Ajax in 2015. Under the guidance of Ten Hag, Onana won three Eredivisie titles in the Netherlands.

    In 2021, Onana faced a setback in his career due to a doping ban resulting from the ingestion of a banned diuretic. He claimed that he accidentally took a drug prescribed to his wife and had his one-year ban reduced to nine months on appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Onana joined Inter on a free transfer just over a year ago when his contract with Ajax expired.

    Onana made only 24 Serie A appearances as he shared goalkeeping duties with Samir Handanovic in the Inter captain’s final year at the club.

    But he was an ever-present in the Champions League, keeping eight clean sheets in 13 games as Inter reached the final for the first time in 13 years.

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