Manchester United agree deal to sign Martin Dubravka from Newcastle | Transfer window

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 the departure on loan of Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest, and initially targeted Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp.

When the former Paris Saint-Germain player rejected the chance to move to Old Trafford, United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, 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 against Tranmere.

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

Dubravka is increasingly likely to be joined at United by the Ajax striker Antony. United are poised to sign the Brazilian for €100m (£85m), 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 been organised. Personal terms have been agreed with the player. Ajax have opened talks with Sevilla for the Argentina winger Lucas Ocampos as they aim to replace Antony before the window closes.

In other news, Edinson Cavani has joined Valencia on a free after his Manchester United contract expired earlier this summer. The 35-year-old forward has agreed a two-year deal with the Spanish side, and was in attendance for their home game against Atlético Madrid on Monday night.

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