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Chelsea Are Preparing To Move In For This Inter Milan Keeper: Good Option For The Blues?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Telegraph mentioned that Chelsea are preparing to move in for Inter Milan keeper Andre Onana. It has been claimed that the Blues are ready to launch a move to bring the Cameroon international to Stamford Bridge.

Onana’s Solid Season In Italian Football

Onana is enjoying an impressive campaign at San Siro after producing a string of solid displays as Inter’s first-team keeper. The 27-year-old has participated in 37 matches for the Italian club this season, conceding 30 goals and securing 18 clean sheets across all fronts.

The Cameroonian custodian has done well to average 0.5 clearances and 6.1 long balls per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution as he has completed 79% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Italian club is set to run out in the summer of 2027. Thus, it won’t be easy for the Blues to bring him on board in the upcoming transfer window.

Andre Onana
MILAN, ITALY – MAY 10: Andre’ Onana of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale at San Siro on May 10, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Is Onana A Good Option For Chelsea?

Onana can be a safe pair of hands in between the sticks as he has got decent reflexes that help him to make a few solid saves at the back. He is a good handler of the ball as well and can distribute the ball well when needed.

Standing at 1.90m, the Cameroon international can be a commanding presence inside his own penalty box. He also deserves a lot of credit for helping Inter Milan reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League this season.

Chelsea can definitely use a goalkeeper of Onana’s experience and skill set as he would be an upgrade over Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy at Stamford Bridge. At 27, he has got a bright future ahead of him which makes him a decent option for the Blues to consider this summer.

However, there are some concerns over whether Onana can cope with the physicality and high intensity of Premier League football. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruiting a goalkeeper of his quality. Thus, the West London club would be wise to try everything they can to secure his services when the transfer window commences later this year.

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