Manchester United have sold goalkeeper Matej Kovar to Bayer Leverkusen with the Bundesliga club seemingly delighted.

Goalkeepers have been a hot topic for United this summer.

David De Gea left the club at the end of his contract before Andre Onana arrived from Inter Milan as United’s new first-choice stopper.

Dean Henderson continues to be linked with Nottingham Forest, Tom Heaton has received Premier League interest and Nathan Bishop has joined Sunderland.

Just when you thought that was enough for one summer, we then saw Matej Kovar become a target for numerous clubs.

Matej Kovar secures Bayer Leverkusen move

Czech stopper Kovar impressed on loan with Sparta Prague back in his homeland last season.

The 23-year-old returned to United and featured in pre-season, impressing fans with his ability on the ball.

Idnes over in Kovar’s native Czech Republic reported earlier this month that Aston Villa were battling Cadiz and even Hull City for Kovar.

Crvena zvezda were linked too but Germany has turned out to be the destination for Kovar.

Bayer Leverkusen have struck a deal worth around £7.7million including add-ons, though United have sell-on and buy-back clauses in the deal.

Kovar now heads to Germany as competition for Lukas Hradecky, no doubt hoping to finally land first-team football in a major European league.

Manchester United v Athletic Club Bilbao, pre season friendly match, Dublin.
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Leverkusen chief celebrates Kovar deal

Supplanting Hradecky – an experienced Bundesliga goalkeeper – won’t be easy but Kovar certainly has talent.

Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes has now told the club’s official website of his delight at signing Kovar.

Rolfes hailed Kovar as ‘big’ and ‘strong in one-on-ones’ whilst also being more than capable with the ball at his feet.

That’s a key factor for any goalkeeper in the modern game and Rolfes seems confident in Kovar’s ability in that regard.

Rolfes added that Kovar has ‘great prospects’ for the future and that Leverkusen ultimately have ‘high hopes’ for him moving forward.

“Matej Kovar is big, strong in one-on-ones and is very good with his feet,” said Rolfes. “He’s a player with great prospects and we have high hopes for him in the coming years,” he added.

United will certainly hope to see Kovar shine in Germany, with those buy-back and sell-on clauses potentially key down the line.

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