Manchester United working on deal for Zion Suzuki with three back-up goalkeepers being considered

Manchester United working on deal for Zion Suzuki with three back-up goalkeepers being considered

Manchester United is in talks to acquire Zion Suzuki, a Japanese goalkeeper, as one of their three potential options for the position of second-choice goalkeeper in the upcoming season.

The goalkeeper situation at Old Trafford is currently uncertain, as David de Gea is leaving the club and Dean Henderson is expected to join Nottingham Forest. Tom Heaton, who played in United’s first pre-season game against Leeds, has been offered opportunities for first-team football at Luton and Everton next season. 

Meanwhile, United is nearing a deal to sign Andre Onana from Inter Milan, as manager Erik ten Hag sees him as a long-term replacement for de Gea.

Due to the uncertain futures of Henderson and Heaton, Manchester United is actively looking for another goalkeeper to serve as a backup to Onana. Recent reports from Japan suggest that United is interested in 20-year-old Zion Suzuki from Urawa Red Diamonds, a player they have been monitoring for several years. 

According to Fabrizio Romano, United is currently working on a deal to sign Suzuki, but discussions with Urawa Reds have not yet commenced. Their priority at the moment is finalizing the deal for Onana.

To secure the services of Suzuki, Manchester United would reportedly need to pay £5 million, which would set a new record fee for a Japanese player, surpassing the £4.5 million Celtic paid for Kyogo Furuhashi in 2021.

However, Suzuki is just one of three goalkeepers being considered by United for the backup role. The club has previously been linked with Dominik Livakovic from Dinamo Zagreb, who performed exceptionally well for Croatia in the World Cup. 

United has also shown interest in Justin Bijlow from Feyenoord, although considering his prominent role at the Dutch champions, it is likely he would be considered as an alternative to Onana rather than a mere backup option.

Manchester United is reportedly on the verge of finalizing a comprehensive agreement with Inter for the transfer of Onana, amounting to £47 million.

 Previous offers, including an initial bid of £41 million, were turned down. However, United has now presented a “final verbal proposal” that is anticipated to be accepted by Inter.

The proposed deal entails a base fee of €50 million (£42.7 million) with an additional €5 million (£4.3 million) in potential add-ons. The clubs are currently in talks to determine the specific payment structure for these additional amounts.

Manchester United working on deal for Zion Suzuki with three back-up goalkeepers being considered

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