Chelsea has targeted André Onana as their new number-one goalkeeper, transfer insider Dean Jones revealed to GIVEMESPORT.
It’s believed the Blues will be on the market for a new shot-stopper this summer and Onana is already being tipped with a Stamford Bridge switch.
Chelsea transfer news – André Onana
As to a report by The Telegraph, Chelsea has designated Onana as one of their major targets ahead of the summer transfer season.
The article states the Blues are aiming to establish themselves as front-runners for the goalkeeper’s contract, amid interest from different other European teams, with Inter Milan stated as asking £40 million.
Expected to leave Inter Milan this summer, Chelsea is among the sides taking a look at the promising 27-year-old shot-stopper.
It comes amid rumors surrounding the future of current Chelsea goalkeeping tandem Édouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga, who are both projected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the year.
It’s stated in the report that Todd Bohely and the Chelsea leadership will attempt to raise the monies needed to buy Onana by off-loading dead wood like Kepa and Mendy.
What’s more, with Mauricio Pochettino anticipated to be confirmed as the new Chelsea manager in the coming weeks, there are rumors the Premier League club could move fast with their summer goals.
What has Dean Jones said about Onana to Chelsea?
When queried on the status of Onana’s potential move to Chelsea, transfer insider Jones remained upbeat about the Blues’ chances.
On Onana, Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s potential for this one. We’ve heard that he has been on Chelsea’s radar for a while and they have recruitment and scouting that goes on beyond whoever the manager is at that moment. So it doesn’t matter too much on the goalkeeping front what Pochettino makes of it. He’ll surely have a say, but the choice will always be taken as a group over a move like this and Onana is somebody who they’re certainly exploring.”
Would Onana be a suitable purchase for Chelsea this summer?
With almost 290 games to his name, it’s apparent Onana enjoys plenty of experience between the posts and would arrive at Stamford Bridge on the back of a solid campaign in Italy.
Absent for only a handful of Inter Milan matches this season, Onana has established himself as the Nerazzurri’s number-one selection between the sticks and led the Italian team to a Champions League semi-final.
As such, Onana’s underlying figures reflect his position as one of Europe’s most sought-after names, with the ex-Ajax man in the top 12 percent of goalkeepers for clean sheet percentage (FBref).
Meaning, should Pochettino green-light the decision to bring Onana to the club this summer, it will most likely be deemed the sensible choice for Chelsea supporters.