Revealed: The key factor holding up Man United’s Zion Suzuki swoop

A fresh insight into Premier League giants Manchester United’s pursuit of Urawa Reds goalkeeper Zion Suzuki has been provided on Friday evening.

The subject of the situation between the posts has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines on the red half of Manchester across the summer to date.

This comes after not one, but two members of the Red Devils’ goalkeeping ranks - David de Gea and Jack Butland - were granted departures.

The Old Trafford brass, in turn, moved decisively, spending big on a new no.1 in Inter Milan star Andre Onana.

Japanese international Suzuki, though, has too been tipped to take his talents to Manchester, to act as backup for Onana.

Reports this week even went as far as to suggest that an agreement between the respective boards at United and Urawa Reds was on the verge of being struck.

If the latest word doing the rounds on Friday is anything to go by, however, then such claims appear to have been premature.

As revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, something of a hitch has emerged amid negotiations over Suzuki’s move to England.

The powers that be at Old Trafford, for their part, are keen to bring the 20-year-old Japanese international to the club this summer, with a view to the 2023/24 campaign.

Urawa, however, have made clear that they intend to keep hold of the club’s crown jewel until at least January.

Discussions, in turn, remain ongoing, but with Man United having made clear that Suzuki is not their only option, a shift in focus could soon be on the cards.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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