‘Not at the level expected’ Manchester United see opening bid for 27-year-old transfer target turned down

Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has revealed that Inter Milan have turned down Manchester United’s opening offer for Andre Onana, with the Italian side deeming the bid ‘not at the level we expected’ for the Cameroonian shot-stopper.

The Red Devils have been on the hunt for a new no.1 since David de Gea’s contract was surprisingly not renewed, leaving the Spaniard a free agent and Tom Heaton Manchester United’s only senior goalkeeper as things stand.

They have identified Onana as their no.1 target for that position, with Erik ten Hag keen to be reunited with the shot-stopper having worked with him previously during his time at Ajax.

However, money is tight at Old Trafford, with a potential takeover in the works and Mason Mount having already been signed for £55m, plus a striker on the agenda.

As a result, Inter’s 60m euro price tag for the Cameroon international has proved too steep, and instead United tabled an opening bid of 39m euros, which has since been knocked back.

Questioned on the future of Onana, Ausilio told Italian media “As of today, the proposals are not at the level we expected”.

“In this moment he’s our GK and André is key player for us — we’d like to keep him, then we’ll see what happens. We wait for him on July 13 for pre season”

Onana himself would be happy to stay too, explaining after the Champions League final in Istanbul that “I’m so, so happy at Inter”.

“At this professional level you never know what happens”.

“I’m available for Inter, they decide and I will accept what they want. I’m happy at Inter”.

A compromise on fee is expected to be found in the coming weeks, with Inter needing to sell and reinforce their squad further with the proceeds.

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