Chelsea win summer race to sign £34m Kepa replacement

Date published: Sunday 9th February 2020 3:49 - Rob McCarthy

Chelsea have reportedly won the race for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who looks set for a £34million summer move away from the Dutch giants.

Voetbal Nieuws claims the Cameroon international has chosen a move to Stamford Bridge, despite also being a target for the likes of Barcelona, PSG and Tottenham.

Chelsea are on the hunt for a new stopper after Frank Lampard axed first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga after a poor run of form.

Willy Caballero was preferred over Kepa in the recent 2-2 draw with Leicester City, but at 38 is not considered a long-term option in west London.

Onana, 23, has been outstanding since breaking into the Ajax side and currently has two years remaining on his contract with the Dutch giants.

Chelsea have a strong tradition of fielding outstanding goalkeepers in the recent Premier League era, with the likes of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois thriving at Stamford Bridge.

But Kepa has struggled since his record £71.6m move to the Blues and it would now appear that Chelsea are ready to cut their losses and bring in Onana for less than half that fee.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s conservative approach in the January window will allow them to put in place an enormous triple summer splurge which could set the Blues back more than £200m, according to a report. Read more… 

 

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