Written By Onyeka Daniel
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, clubs are already lining up their transfer targets that they would try to sign to help beef up their squad and for the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, signing a goalkeeper has become important.
The two teams have been linked with a move for Inter Milan goalkeeper, Andre Onana in the summer and according to Italian transfer expert, Gianluca Di Marzio, it would require at least, an offer of €50 million to sign the former Ajax goalkeeper.
Onana joined the Nerazzuri from Ajax as a free agent and he has been in magnificent form for the club, helping them most especially in their good run in the UCL where they are set to make it into the final after beating their city rivals, AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg.
Inter Milan sporting director, Beppe Marotta in a recent interview, was asked about the rumours that Onana could be a candidate for a summer sale, Marotta replied that “It’s hard to speculate, but we haven’t had any offers and the goalkeeper wants to stay.”
“We don’t want to put him up for sale,” he further added. The Cameroonian goalkeeper has made 37 appearances across all competitions for Inter and has kept 18 clean sheets during that time.
With 7 of them in the UCL and he became the first Inter Milan goalkeeper in history to keep seven clean sheets in a UEFA Champions League season after the win over AC Milan.
Chelsea have been on the lookout for a reliable goalkeeper as Eduoard Mendy is set to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract with the club expires while Kepa has been far from reliable in goal.
For Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag would like to sign a new goalkeeper to either challenge or displace David De Gea as the Spanish goalkeeper continue to let the team down with his errors.
Newcastle United are set to target Monza left-back, Carlos Augusto, who has emerged as one of the most exciting left backs in Italy and the Magpies are reportedly gearing up to submit an offer in the summer.
He joined the Monza in September 2020 from Corinthians for around €4m and quickly impressed in Serie B, proving himself capable of playing in the topflight following the team’s promotion.
This season, the defender has exceeded expectations, scoring six goals and providing five assists in 31 Serie A appearances, attracting the attention of top Italian clubs like Inter and Juventus. The Brazilian left back is ready for the move, keen to continue impressing and proving himself capable of competing at the highest level.
Newcastle wants to build a team thatcan compete on all fronts if they qualify for the UCL and they see the player as someone that can help upgrade their team, but he will be expected to compete with Dan Burns and Matt Targett for that position. Burns who has played in that position for the better part of this season can also play as a centre-back.
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