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Romano: Manchester United reach agreement in principle to sign 33-year-old Slovakian star

Martin Dubravka applauds the fans.
Martin Dubravka applauds the fans. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United reach agreement to sign Martin Dubravka from Newcastle United on loan

Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle to sign goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle United for this season, according to Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.

The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a backup goalkeeper that can be behind David de Gea in the pecking order. Dean Henderson has been a standout option in that role, but it was obvious that he would want more playing time.

The Englishman sealed a loan move to PL newboys Nottingham Forest this season, leaving Man United with 36-year-old Tom Heaton as the only option after De Gea in that position.

The 33-year-old Dubravka has been a decent goalkeeper in the Premier League for a while. He has 127 appearances in this league since the 2017/18 season with the Magpies.

Dubravka to Man United?

He played in 26 league games last season but was set to be an obvious backup to Nick Pope this season under manager Eddie Howe. Now, he is set to move to Old Trafford if Romano is to be believed.

The Red Devils also have an option to buy the Slovakia international for £5million next summer if they see it fit. That is a welcome safety net for the club in case Henderson continues to demand playing time, which is hard to guarantee with De Gea’s status.

Newcastle United and Manchester United in discussions for Martin Dubravka.
Newcastle United and Manchester United in discussions for Martin Dubravka.

The deal, of course, still isn’t fully completed and it will be official once the clubs announce it. However, it makes sense for all parties and United fans can’t be too displeased if Dubravka does end up joining us.

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He is a solid presence between the posts and the club could have done a lot worse if they did want to sign a number 2 between the posts this summer.

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