Matěj Kovář is on the verge of completing a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of €6million, according to InFOTBAL.
The 23 year old is moving to the German side after the two clubs agreed a fee which could rise to €10million and will also include a first refusal as part of a buyback clause.
The young goalkeeper spent last season on loan to Sparta Prague but it was established that the Czech club were soon priced out of a move for a player that United valued quite well, given the fee he is departing for. Kovář reportedly flew to Germany today to complete the first part of his medical for his new club.
United receive a fairly good amount of money for a talented youngster, albeit one who never made a competitive first team appearance. Kovář did impress when he played in United’s pre-season tour games in the United States, but after the purchase of André Onana it was pretty clear that an exit was looming for the Czech goalkeeper.
It’s been refreshing for United to conduct smart business like this, and the departure of Matěj Kovář adds to the growing list of players leaving this summer all the way from the top to the bottom pyramid of the club. It has been a number of years since smart business was consistently being conducted over the course of a transfer window. The extra cash should hopefully add to the pot that manager Ten Hag is building up to push forward and bring in Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat and a replacement for Harry Maguire.