“Man United and Chelsea are ready”: Ten Hag protege set for transfer battle

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André Onana’s name is allegedly being considered by Manchester United for the summer transfer shortlist.

Since taking over Samir Handanovi’s spot in the San Siro goal, the Inter Milan goalkeeper has been in excellent form.

Onana, 27, made his reputation playing for Ajax under Erik ten Hag after attending Barcelona’s renowned La Masa program.

Together with Ten Hag, he won three Eredivisie championships, but their partnership soured last season when Onana signed a pre-contract with Inter.

Onana received a nine-month suspension from football for using the illegal drug furosemide. Following his comeback, he battled for form and recognition in Ajax’s starting XI, and finally, supporters booed the Cameroon international during his farewell game for the club. (a 2-1 win versus Sparta Rotterdam).

With a save rate of 79.2%, Onana has been among the best shot blockers in European football this year.

In addition, he prevents more crosses per game than David de Gea (6.6% versus 2.7%), and he is keen to start build-up play from the back with over 34 pass attempts per 90 minutes.

As a result, according to the Italian tabloid La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea and United are considering Onana as they plan their moves for the summer transfer window.

Onana’s price tag would be high since he only recently joined as a free agent with Inter. But if the right offer comes in, Inter’s management may be compelled to agree to transfer the Cameroonian player, just as they did with Romelu Lukaku. His estimated market worth on Transfermarkt is €20 million.

The goalkeeper’s contract, which runs out in June 2027, pays him a weekly salary of €75,000.

According to the information provided by FcInter1908, “Chelsea and United are considering [tabling an adequate offer].” Also, seriously.

Ten Hag and the hiring team’s top priority for the summer will be finding a new goalkeeper.

There is unlikely to be enough money left over to purchase a top goalie like Onana because a significant portion of the transfer budget, whoever manages it, is anticipated to be spent on a world-class striker.

The manager of United may not push for the deal vigorously given the tense relationship between Ten Hag and Onana. Since the new manager’s appointment, the Old Trafford football hierarchy has centered its transfer strategy around him, bringing in five players (Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martnez, Antony, and Wout Weghorst), all of whom are either fellow Dutchmen or have advanced via Ajax.

However, if they decide that he is a must-have, Inter might be open to hearing them out, especially considering the anticipated summer resurgence of interest in Victor Lindelöf.

Regardless of these connections to Onana, the future of United’s boardroom will be a struggle: Will they consent to whatever pre-transfer window plans United may have, whoever that may be?

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