Manchester United have signed Turkish goalkeeper Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce for £4.3 million.
The 25-year-old, who has been capped five times by his country, has signed a four-year contract.
Last season he was a key player for Fenerbahce as they won the Turkish Cup and finished second in the Super Lig.
“It’s a huge honor to join Manchester United and become the first Turkish player to represent this incredible club,” said Bayindir.
“I have a passion for success and will give everything to help this special group of players achieve our ambitions.
“I can’t wait to start working with such an experienced goalkeeping unit. We will support each other and set high standards every day so that each of us is ready to perform whenever necessary.”
Bayindir’s signing follows the departure of goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who moved to Crystal Palace in a £20 million deal.
David de Gea, who was United’s number one goalkeeper last season, left the club earlier this summer after 12 years, while the Cameroonian Andre Onana has joined Inter Milan for £47.2 million.
Bayindir signed for Fenerbahce from fellow Turk Ankaragucu in 2019, making 166 appearances and keeping 53 clean sheets.
“Altay is a great addition to our squad and adds further quality to our already strong group of experienced goalkeepers,” said Director of Football John Murtough.
“Having always played at a high level in a strong European league, he has the qualities to help us realize our ambitions in all competitions this season and beyond.”
Bayindir becomes United’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Onana, midfielder Mason Mount from Chelsea and striker Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta.
Meanwhile, United are in discussions with Fiorentina over the transfer of Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, and are close to agreeing a loan deal for Tottenham’s Spanish full-back Sergio Reguilon.
England defender Harry Maguire and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay are both expected to stay at Old Trafford, despite speculation linking both players with transfers this summer.
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