Written By Onyeka Daniel
With the season over for most teams in the top European Leagues, preparations are already underway for the coming season as stocks are being taken and transfer targets are being narrowed down.
For several English Premier League clubs, signing a top quality goalkeeper is top priority and this season, Inter Milan goalkeeper, Andre Onana is one of the top performers in Europe, joining the Nerazzurri as a free agent last summer when his contract with Ajax ran down and has been a revelation.
He helped the Nerazzurri to win the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa Italiana and also guiding them to the final of the UCL. They will be facing EPL champions, Manchester City in Istanbul, Turkey and the Cameroonian shot stopper will be aiming to keep his 9th clean sheet in the tournament, no mean feat against a rampaging City side.
His performance hasn’t gone unnoticed as three EPL clubs, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all queuing up for his services. According to reports from England and France, Chelsea are ready to offer Edouard Mendy plus cash for Onana.
Mendy has been battling all season for the gloves with Kepa Arrizabalaga and neither of them made the role their own. New manager, Mauricio Pochettino is said to have approved this move as he aims to return the club back among the elites after they finished 12th this season. Spurs are also on the lookout for a goalkeeper with Hugo Lloris not getting any younger and expected to leave the club in the summer.
Onana due to his age would make a perfect replacement for the French goalkeeper who has been tipped to return to Nice next season. Manchester United are also not left out in the race as Erik Ten Hag is reportedly fed up with David De Gea and his repeated blunders, with the latest coming against Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
German midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan scored two goals to help City lift their second trophy and he scored his first goal after just 12 seconds. But his second came from a weak shot from the edge of the penalty area which De Gea failed to stop.
In his post match interview, Ten Hag didn’t blame his goalkeeper but his it was very obvious that he expected better from the Spanish shot stopper. “In this moment, I don’t want to talk about such issues of criticism because we played all a great season — including David De Gea, he played a fantastic season,” Ten Hag said about the 32-year-old.
According to reports from Italy, Inter are open to selling Onana after just one season. This is due to any transfer fee Inter receive for Onana can be registered as capital gains on the Nerazzurri balance sheet.
But the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta, will not let Onana go for anything other than cash. The Nerazzurri are hoping for a bidding war for their Cameroon star to maximize the profit from any sale and they won’t accept any bid less than €50 million.
Manchester United target Randal Kolo Muani has reportedly ‘offered his services’ to Real Madrid, as he looks for a move away from Eintracht Frankfurt. Erik ten Hag has made signing a new centre-forward one of his priority and Muani is believed to be one of Man Utd’s key transfer targets.
But, if Real Madrid take up the opportunity to sign him, the Red Devils will have to look elsewhere. Carlo Ancelotti is currently on the hunt for attacking reinforcements, after it was confirmed that Karim Benzema would be leaving in the summer.
This season, the 24-year-old has made 45 appearances across all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt. In the process, he has scored 23 goals and made 17 assists. He’s expected to cost as high as €70 million plus.
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