Inter and Chelsea are set to hold a round of talks in the near future regarding a possible transfer for Nerazzurri goalkeeper Andre Onana.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Blues are stepping up their interest in signing the 27-year-old, and that a new meeting in Milan is on the way.
Chelsea are in search of a new goalkeeper for the start of next season, with neither of Edouard Mendy nor Kepa Arrizabalaga deemed to be of the sufficient standard to be the first-choice starter in goal.
Onana is seen by the London club as a potentially ideal new starting keeper.
The Cameroonian has not taken long to adjust at Inter following his move from Ajax last summer, cementing his status as first-choice keeper ahead of captain Samir Handanovic.
Particularly in the Champions League, Onana’s performances have shone as he has been one of the Nerazzurri’s key men along the way to reaching the semifinal stage of the competition.
Whilst all of this of course means that Inter would be reticent to allow Onana to leave just twelve months on from his arrival, there are always the financial considerations.
Partiuclarly if the Nerazzurri were to miss out on qualification for next season’s Champions League, there would be every chance that Onana would be one of the main names linked with a possible sale.
According to the Gazzetta, Inter would demand no less than €40 million for the Cameroonian, a notable fee considering that he was signed on a free transfer after his contract with Ajax expired last June, and so any fee would be pure capital gains.
In any event, Chelsea may well be willing to pay this much to sign Onana, and will try to make inroads in talks with Inter in the near future.