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Whirlwind Man Utd transfer confirmed by two sources; fee and key clauses revealed

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Two sources have confirmed a surprise Manchester United transfer is on the cusp of completion, while the fee involved and two key clauses have been detailed.

Much has been written about a potential exodus at Old Trafford over the final three weeks of the transfer window.

Indeed, Harry Maguire is expected to join West Ham after the Hammers saw a £30m bid accepted. How big of a pay decrease the 30-year-old is likely to incur has since been revealed.

Elsewhere, Dean Henderson may still join Nottingham Forest despite their £10m capture of Matt Turner from Arsenal.

A swoop for Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat hinges on first moving Fred and Donny van de Beek on. Fenerbahce have thundered in with a £13m bid for Fred, while Van de Beek’s proposed loan to Real Sociedad is gathering pace.

However, one potential exit that flew very much under the radar regards goalkeeper Matej Kovar.

The 23-year-old has been on United’s books since 2018, though is yet to make his senior debut. Kovar spent last season back in his native Czech Republic where he helped Sparta Prague lift the league title.

Now, according to German outlet Kicker, Kovar is on the cusp of being sold to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

Man Utd to collect £7.8m; key clauses included

Kicker reported Man Utd will earn €9m (including add-ons) from the permanent switch. That equates to a £7.8m at current exchange rate.

The German outlet concluded a medical will take place at some stage on Thursday evening or night.

The news from Germany was subsequently echoed by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Romano tweeted: “Bayer Leverkusen sign Matej Kovar from Man United on permanent deal. Fee will be €9m.” Romano also confirmed the medical will take place today.

As such, United are in line to pocket a healthy sum for a player who has never come into the reckoning at Old Trafford.

What’s more, further reports have claimed Man Utd will position themselves well in the event selling Kovar proves to be a mistake.

Indeed, the Red Devils are expected to insert a buy-back clause, as well as ensuring they have the first right of refusal if another club attempts to pluck Kovar from Leverkusen in the future.

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