Chelsea have been linked to highly rated Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana since January but is he a risky transfer?
Over the last few days Ajax have named their price for Cameroonian 24-year-old ‘keeper Andre Onana wih a price tag starting at £35 million. Now, £35 million sounds like loose change these days in a transfer market that has escalated in recent times, however, with the current climate being uncertain due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will the market be the same when the transfer window reopens?
Kepa has had an interesting spell at Stamford Bridge. He was signed to replace the departing Thibaut Courtois, who went to Real Madrid. Chelsea paid a world record fee for a goalkeeper in order to acquire Kepa. He infamously refused to be subsititued by previous manager Maurizio Sarri during the Carabao Cup final and under new manager Frank Lampard seems to have failed to gain the full backing of the boss after some questionable performances.
Onana joined Ajax in 2015 from Barcelona. Playing for Jong Ajax, the Ajax ‘B’ team, Onana has gone on to play over 100 games for the senior team including the the Champions League semi final in the 2018-19 season and a Europa League final the previous season. He also has 16 Cameroon caps so has experience of playing at the highest level.
Onana proves he has pedigree and an eye for silverware after winning the Eredivisie, KNVB cup and the Johan Cruyff shield (Hollands community shield) in 2019.
Personally I haven’t seen alot of Onana but the transfer seems a little bit of a risk. If the opportunity did arise to sign him I would like to see if both him and Kepa could fight it out for a season for the number one spot. This could bring out the best in Kepa who has had a disappointing season and was dropped by Frank Lampard for Willy Caballero.