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Manchester United agree deal to sign Martin Dubravka from Newcastle

Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle with Newcastle over the loan signing of Martin Dubravka.

United are keen to sign a goalkeeper to provide competition for David de Gea following Dean Henderson’s departure, on loan, to Nottingham Forest and initially targeted Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp. However the 32-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain player rejected the chance to move to Old Trafford and so United manager, Erik ten Hag, instead turned his attention to Dubravka, who has found his starting place at Newcastle taken by Nick Pope. Karl Darlow was also selected ahead of him for the recent Carabao Cup victory over Tranmere.

Personal terms have been agreed with Dubravka and United expect to complete a deal, which will an option to buy the 33-year-0ld Slovakia international for £5m, before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

And Dubravka is increasingly likely to be joined at United by Ajax striker Anthony. United are poised to sign the Brazilian for €100m (£84m), making him the third most expensive player in the club’s history, after Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

The 22-year-old is due to fly to Manchester shortly with a medical having already been organised. Personal terms have been agreed with the player.

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