Andre Onana has reportedly emerged as a top target for Tottenham Hotspur, with Antonio Conte keen on signing a new goalkeeper.
If reports from 90 min are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Andre Onana. The North London giants are expected to bring in a new goalkeeper, as insisted by their newly-appointed head coach Antonio Conte.
The former Chelsea manager favours Onana highly and has asked managerial director Fabio Paratici to sign the Ajax shot-stopper, whose current contract in Amsterdam expires at the end of the season. The 25-year-old is unlikely to extend his deal at Ajax, opening the door for clubs to snap him up either in January, on a cut-price fee, or for free next summer.
Formerly of the famed La Masia youth academy, Onana has recently served a nine-month suspension enforced by football’s governing body due to doping issues. However, despite the long absence from football, the Cameroonian international is considered as one of the most gifted young goalkeepers in the world, having already notched up over 200 competitive appearances for Ajax.
Tottenham’s interest in the 25-year-old stems from the uncertain future of Hugo Lloris. The ageing Frenchman is destined to leave Spurs when his contract expires at the end of the season, leaving a void in the club’s goalkeeping department. The north Londoners did bring in Pierluigi Gollini on loan this summer, but Conte wants more competition for the Italian.
Onana fits the bill perfectly for Tottenham due to his superior quality in possession and distribution. It is a major weakness in Spurs’ game as Lloris often struggles in acting as a sweeper or distributing the ball out from the back.
However, Tottenham are set to face stiff competition in the pursuit of Andre Onana. The Cameroonian international is reportedly courted by FC Barcelona and Conte’s former club, Inter Milan. Other Premier League clubs like Newcastle United have also been linked with a move for the talented shot-stopper in recent memory.
Fortunately for Spurs, they do have other alternatives. They have recently been linked with a move for Emiliano Martinez while West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone is also an option for the Lilywhites in their quest to further strengthen their goalkeeping department next season.
Very few would compare to Onana, though, as the 25-year-old not only has more experience but will be available for a cut-price fee as well. Previous reports have suggested a valuation of just €7 million, which is nothing less than a bargain for any top club in Europe.