Antonio Conte is reportedly keen on bringing a new goalkeeper to Tottenham, with Ajax stopper Andre Onana high on his shortlist.
Current No 1 Huge Lloris’ contract runs out at the end of the season and there has so far been no indication that a new deal will be signed. To that end, Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici are already lining-up potential replacements – with Onana one of them.
The report in the Daily Express claims that Conte has informed Paratici that he wants to bring in the Cameroon international.
It is claimed that the Italian wants a keeper more adept at playing out from the back. That is something that is not a major strength of Lloris, who is not great with his feet.
Onana, having played for Ajax since 2016, is very comfortable in possession and would fit right in for Conte.
However, the 25-year-old has missed the last nine months of action. He was banned by UEFA for testing positive for the forbidden substance, Furosemide.
Ajax claimed Onana took his wife’s medicine by mistake and the sentence was reduced by three months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
New Ajax deal unlikely for Onana
His deal with Ajax comes to an end at the culmination of this season. And the report adds that a new contract is highly unlikely.
Spurs will, however, face competition for his signature, with Newcastle also keen on the stopper. Arsenal have also been linked in the past, although Aaron Ramsdale’s emergence has put paid to that.
Inter Milan could also emerge as challengers as they look to move on from 36-year-old Samir Handanovic.
However, Spurs appear to be firmly in the running for a player they faced in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.
Onana was booked in the second leg for time-wasting. It came just moments before Lucas Moura scored the decisive goal that took Spurs to the final.