Manchester United have signed Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on deadline day after agreeing a loan deal with a £5million purchase option.
Erik ten Hag was keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper – one who’s comfortable with the ball at his feet – to rival David de Gea and last week submitted an offer to sign the Slovakia international.
“Joining Manchester United is a special moment in my career and I can’t wait to get started and help the group achieve their ambitions,” he told United’s website.
“I’m joining an excellent group of goalkeepers with a lot of Premier League experience and I know we will push and support each other to keep our standards at the highest level.
“I relish the opportunity to work with David De Gea alongside Tom Heaton.”
De Gea remains firmly established as United’s No 1 but his suitability for Ten Hag’s style has been called into question as doubts rose over his errors in last month’s disastrous 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
Dubravka had been struggling for No. 1 at St James’ Park and the arrival of Nick Pope in the summer has propelled him down Eddie Howe’s pecking order, with the 33-year-old sitting first on the bench for the Magpies in three games.
He was not included in the squad for Newcastle’s Carabao Cup win over Tranmere Rovers, with Howe opting to start Karl Darlow instead, and again missed out on the 1–1 draw with Wolves and 2–1 loss to Liverpool.
Dubravka has made 130 appearances for Newcastle since joining from Sparta Prague and was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2020.
He is likely to replace veteran Tom Heaton as De Gea’s replacement at Old Trafford after United decided to loan Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest.
United were also interested in signing Germany international Kevin Trapp but pulled out of a deal after Frankfurt set its price at an exorbitant £21million.
The possibility of signing Odysseas Vlachodimos from Benfica was also considered but the Portuguese club were unwilling to sell, while Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer had concerns about joining United ahead of the World Cup.
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