Manchester Unitedhave signed Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan on a five-year contract with the option of a further year, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Sky Sports said United will pay 51 million euros ($56.70 million) for the 27-year-old plus four million in add-ons.

“Manchester United has a long history of incredible goalkeepers, and I will now give everything to create my own legacy in the coming years,”

Onana said in a statement.

He has said goodbye to Inter fans earlier on Thursday.

“I fell in love with San Siro, la Curva and the city. Now the circumstances are right for me to start a new journey in Manchester,”

“I do it with great enthusiasm, but knowing that I will miss you. Eternal gratitude to all the ‘Interisti’. You make this club great.”

Onana said in a statement.

United have been looking for a new first-choice keeper after Spaniard David De Gea’s contract expired in June, bringing an end to his 12-season tenure with the Old Trafford side.

Onana joined Inter in July 2022 from Ajax Amsterdam and quickly became first-choice. He was a central figure in a campaign that ended with Inter winning the Italian Cup and Super Cup. They also reached the Champions League final.

It was with Ajax in Europe’s elite club competition that Onana came to prominence as an integral part of the team that went from the early preliminary knockout rounds to the 2019 semifinals before a dramatic elimination by Tottenham Hotspur.

United finished third in the 2022-23 Premier League campaign, securing a spot in the Champions League.

Onana looked destined to be the long-term first-choice keeper for Cameroon but decided to retire from international duty after playing just one match at the 2022 World Cup, where he was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

He won 34 caps for the national team.

Source: Reuters

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