April 23, 2024

Manchester United agree £47.2million transfer deal which could also benefit Sunderland

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana – a move which could also benefit Sunderland.

Sunderland transfer target Nathan Bishop looks increasingly likely to leave Manchester United this summer.

As has been widely reported, The Red Devils have agreed a £47.2million deal to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana, which consists of £43.8million up front and an additional £3.4million in add-ons.

Sunderland have identified Bishop, 23, as a potential replacement for Alex Bass, who left the Stadium of Light to join AFC Wimbledon on loan earlier this month.

It has left the Black Cats short of goalkeeper options for their pre-season US tour, after 19-year-old Adam Richardson suffered an injury.

David de Gea’s exit and Dean Henderson’s injury means Tom Heaton has been United’s only fit senior goalkeeper at the start of pre-season, while Bishop was promoted to the bench for a friendly match against Leeds last week.

The arrival of Onana will change the situation, though, with United hopeful the Cameroon international will be able to join the squad on their pre-season US tour.

That could then allow Bishop to sign for Sunderland ahead of the Black Cats’ Championship opener against Ipswich on August 6.

Bishop signed for United as a 20-year-old from Southend in January 2020.

The stopper was loaned out to Mansfield during the 2021/22 season and played every League Two fixture as The Stags were eventually beaten by Port Vale in the play-off final.

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