One of the top reported Chelsea targets in Andre Onana of Ajax Amsterdam is valued at around just £27 million this summer.
According to Daily Mail, Chelsea could secure the services of Andre Onana for just £27 million this summer. The Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in the transfer market as top clubs around Europe look for reinforcements in between the sticks.
However, it seems Chelsea are prepared to end their pursuit for a new goalkeeper, as they look to resolve their other weak areas. The Blues have already signed an Ajax player in the shape of Hakim Ziyech while they have been heavily linked with a move to Timo Werner, whose potential arrival could solve the offensive problems for Frank Lampard’s side next season.
Even Onana himself, who was keen on a Premier League switch this summer, is willing to stay put at his current club. It particularly has to do with the ongoing pandemic that has inflicted a massive economic toll and so the clubs could find it difficult to fund a move for the Cameroonian international.
Onana is believed to be valued at £27 million, which is pretty reasonable for a player, who has emerged as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Europe.
During his time at Ajax, the 24-year-old has already notched up as many as 178 competitive appearances. His contributions in between the sticks have been critical in helping his club win the Eredivisie title last season as well as reaching the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League.
Aside from his experience, Onana has also impressed the onlookers with his flexibility, confidence and quick reflexes, which are combined with his ability to act as a sweeper – making him an ideal modern-day goalkeeper, who can certainly compete with established superstars like Ederson Moraes and Alisson.
Onana isn’t the only goalkeeper to be linked with a move to Chelsea, however. In fact, the Blues were enquiring a cut-price deal to sign Roman Burki a couple of weeks ago. However, the Borussia Dortmund star may not be the ideal solution for Lampard, given his weaknesses and his obvious shortcomings in terms of performances in recent years.
Nevertheless, parting from Kepa Arrizabalaga might not be the most logical decision from the Chelsea board at the moment as they are unlikely to recoup the £71 million they had spent in the summer of 2018. And considering the current world situation, it would perhaps be a wiser option for the Blues to keep up their focus on strengthening the attacking unit this summer.