Manchester United Closing in on £5m Signing of Japanese Goalkeeper Zion Suzuki
Manchester United is reportedly on the verge of securing the signing of Japanese goalkeeper Zion Suzuki for a fee of £5 million.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper from Urawa Red Diamonds has been on United’s radar since 2017 and negotiations between the clubs are progressing smoothly.
Suzuki’s Long-standing Interest
According to Sponichi, Manchester United has been scouting Suzuki since 2017 and now intends to make him the most expensive signing in the history of the J-League.
United has submitted a formal offer of £5 million for the young goalkeeper, surpassing the previous record fee of £4.5 million that Celtic paid for Kyogo Furuhashi in 2021.
Uncertainty Surrounding David de Gea
The potential signing of Suzuki comes amidst uncertainty surrounding David de Gea’s contract situation. De Gea’s contract expired on June 30, and while talks for an extension are ongoing, an agreement has yet to be reached.
Manchester United may need to bring in two new goalkeepers this summer, with manager Erik ten Hag hinting at the possibility of a new first-choice goalkeeper.
The club has also made an offer of £39 million with add-ons for Inter’s Andre Onana.
Suzuki’s Profile and Potential
Zion Suzuki has represented Japan at various youth levels but is yet to earn his senior national team debut.
At Urawa Red Diamonds, he has been limited to five starts in cup competitions, with veteran Shusaku Nishikawa preferred as the first-choice goalkeeper.
However, Suzuki has made a total of eight league appearances to date. His potential signing by Manchester United provides the club with an exciting young goalkeeper option.
Continued Pursuit of Andre Onana
While Suzuki’s arrival would bolster United’s goalkeeping options, the club is still expected to pursue Andre Onana to potentially become their first-choice goalkeeper next season.
Negotiations for Onana’s transfer are ongoing, and Manchester United remains keen on securing his services.