Manchester United's Matej Kovar completes £7m move to Bayer Leverkusen

Man United goalkeeper Matej Kovar ‘completes £7.7m move to Bayer Leverkusen’… giving Erik ten Hag a headache ahead of the new season

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Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar has completed a £7.7million move to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports.

The 23-year-old Czech stopper joined United’s youth academy in 2018 from 1. FC Slovácko but has spent much of his career on loan. 

He spent the 2021/22 campaign at Swindon Town before joining Burton Albion and then Sparta Prague in 2022/23. 

Kovar’s departure, reported by Kicker, means he leaves without a first team appearance at United but will be looking to challenge current Leverkusen number one Lukas Hradecky.

It has also been reported that United have a buy-back clause and a first refusal as part of the deal. 

Matej Kovar leaves Man United for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £7.7m

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He has played for Czech Republic’s youth sides from U17 to U21 level and was called up to the senior side for a friendly against Ukraine in 2021. 

Kovar departing the club leaves boss Erik ten Hag with a headache in his goalkeeping ranks. 

Despite signing highly-rated Andre Onana for £43.9m from Inter Milan and letting David De Gea leave in the summer, Ten Hag faces a dilemma in cover for his number one choice. 

Dean Henderson spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest and has been linked with a move back to the City Ground despite him recovering from an injury.

Third-choice keeper Tom Heaton also suffered a calf injury in training, casting further confusion over Henderson’s future.


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