Manchester United have agreed in principle to a deal with Newcastle for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
The 33-year-old will join Old Trafford on loan. Manchester United have the option to make the deal permanent. This option is compulsory depending on the number of Dubravka appearances.
The Slovakian international told Newcastle earlier this week that he wants to leave the club and go to Manchester United.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has been asked about reports that a deal has been made for Dubravka to join Manchester United.
Speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Liverpool, he said: Sad to see him go.
“It’s not exactly what we wanted as a football club, but we understand that there are always two sides to every story.
Dubravka has been demoted at St James’ Park after the arrival of Nick Pope and was not in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League match against Wolves.
Manchester United were keen to sign the goalkeeper to provide competition for David De Gea and Tom Heaton after Dean Henderson joined Nottingham Forest on loan.
Eric ten Hag also wants to put pressure on De Gea after making a big mistake at Man United in a 4-0 defeat at Brentford earlier this month.
Manchester United had considered a number of other goalkeepers, including Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jan Sommer, but are now poised to sign Dubravka.
Trapp: why he rejected Manchester United
Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp turned down an offer to join Manchester United on Thursday, opting instead to remain in the Europa League winners in contention for this season’s Champions League. Told.
“There has been a lot of talk about interest from Manchester United in the last few days,” Trapp said on social media.
“Manchester United are a world-class team and I’m sure everyone understands what I consider and think about it. However, yesterday I informed both clubs of my decision to Eintracht. I did.”
The 32-year-old Trapp, who played for Paris Saint-Germain from 2015 to 2018, has integrated well into Frankfurt since returning on loan in 2018. He has also won six caps for Germany.
Will De Gea adapt to Ten Hag’s style?
De Gea’s mistake knocked Manchester United out at Brentford a few weeks ago, but there are also questions about whether he’s a good fit for Ten Hag’s style of play.
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate took a closer look at the distribution of the Spaniards with the ball at their feet to assess whether De Gea could adapt to Ten Hug’s preferred approach to the game.
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