Manchester United closing in on £5m deal for second signing of the summer

The Red Devils are wasting no time sorting out their squad for next season

Manchester United are closing in on their second signing of the summer after they have agreed a £5m deal for Japanese shot-stopper Zion Suzuki, it has been reported.

The Red Devils are on the hunt for two new goalkeepers this summer, having seen Jack Butland’s loan deal end and David de Gea’s contract expire, with Erik Ten Hag’s side surprisingly not agreeing a new deal with the Spaniard.

It means that as things stand, veteran shot-stopper Tom Heaton is the only senior goalkeeper available for pre-season, and he himself has seen a move away from Old Trafford blocked this summer.

The club are deep in discussions with Inter Milan over a deal for Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, with a second bid expected to be submitted imminently as the Italian side hold out for around 60m euros (£55m).

However, the next arrival could well be someone that very few will have heard of, with the Red Devils reportedly agreeing a £5m deal to bring Suzuki, who is the Japanese U-22 goalkeeper, to Old Trafford.

As per Japanese outlet Sponichi, ‘negotiations seem to be progressing smoothly, and it is said that his transfer is imminent’ for a J-League record sale of £5m. Highly rated after signing a professional contract at just 16, the 20-year-old has not made a single J-League appearance this season, and has only appeared once for the Japan senior side, though he has appeared 28 times in total for Urawa Red Diamonds.

Should he arrive, he would be the second signing of the summer for Ten Hag after the high profile arrival of Mason Mount from Chelsea in a deal worth £55m.

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