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Martin Dúbravka really wants to sign with Manchester United

By Harry Smith

Martin Dúbravka really wants to sign with Manchester United

The 33-year-old goalkeeper has told Newcastle he wants to play for Manchester United

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Manchester United have a new priority in their goalkeeper position after weeks of trying to find someone who could represent a real challenge to David De Gea in the short-term after his poor start of the season. In recent days the club has been in negotiations with Newcastle United for Martin Dúbravka, but they won’t let him go that easily.

During yesterday’s press conference ahead of facing Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League, the Magpies’ manager Eddie Howe said that the decision it’s not up to him: “He is not in talks with Manchester United but there has been contact with the clubs. Those will continue but I’m reluctant to lose him. That’s a decision that is out of my hands really”.

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Despite their manager saying that the Slovakian goalkeeper wasn’t in talks with the Red Devils, today it’s being reported by Footy Insider, that Manchester United had reached an agreement on personal terms with Dúbravka. The only thing left is for both clubs to find an agreement on the transfer fee since the keeper has told his club that he is keen to leave.

The news portal also reported that the 13-time Premier League champions' latest proposal has been a loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season for £5 million. However, Newcastle is looking for a permanent transfer this summer, rather than next year after the campaign is over. United should be back with a new offer soon.

The priority

Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff aren’t satisfied with David De Gea after he has proven that he isn’t good with the ball on his feet, which is a characteristic the Dutch manager likes in his goalkeepers so they can help the team play from the back and maintain possession of the ball. Although Dúbravka has lost his place at Newcastle, he could be a really good short-term solution.

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