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£20m Man Utd exit set, with surprise signing after Onana to see pair join Prem rivals

Man Utd trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Dean Henderson

Man Utd trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Dean Henderson

Man Utd intend to make a surprise signing after wrapping up their Andre Onana deal, and two exits – both to Premier League clubs – could result, per reports.

Onana, 27, quickly emerged as Erik ten Hag’s dream option to replace David de Gea. Once the Spaniard’s contract was allowed to expire on June 30, Man Utd quickly ramped up their pursuit of Onana.

A five-year deal with an option for a sixth has been agreed. The full details on United’s impending coup can be found here.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano and the Daily Mail, the Red Devils may yet make a second signing between the sticks.

United are hunting a new keeper at the beginning of his career who will develop while serving as Onana’s deputy. The player drawing the strongest links at present is Zion Suzuki of Urawa Red Diamonds.

The 20-year-old is understood to have been on Man Utd’s radar for several years. Romano recently claimed United are “working” on the deal, with talks regarding personal terms taking place with the player.

With two new keepers on the horizon at Old Trafford, it’s inevitable there’ll be casualties.

The first and highest profile will be Dean Henderson. The 26-year-old spent last season on loan to Nottingham Forest and Steve Cooper’s side are determined to sign Henderson outright.

Per Romano United and F0rest “will be in contact again this week” regarding Henderson. The idea was always to greenlight Henderson’s permanent exit when Onana had been delivered.

The Daily Mail add their take on the situation, claiming Henderson is primed to set Forest back ‘as much as £20m’. Per the newspaper, Henderson is ‘set to join’ Forest and is ‘closing in’ on the move.

However, Henderson might not be the only stopper to leave, with Tom Heaton also on the chopping block.

The 37-year-old only recently saw a one-year option in his contract triggered by Man Utd. However, that was a simple case of Man Utd covering their bases at a time when uncertainty was rife in their goalkeeping department.

The Telegraph previously reported newly-promoted Luton Town had seen an approach for Heaton knocked back by Ten Hag.

Per the Mail, once Onana and a back-up (potentially Suzuki) are signed, Heaton could get the greenlight to leave.

Luton’s starting goalkeeper last season was Ethan Horvath who was loaned from Nottingham Forest. According to the Mail, if Heaton does get the nod to leave United, it’s Luton who are best-placed to secure his services.

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