Chelsea have been linked with Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as a summer replacement for the struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga. 90min has claimed that the Blues are considering moving Kepa on in the summer and begin searching for a replacement. They should consider a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.
The Cameroonian goalkeeper was immense in the Dutch sides run to the Champions League semi-finals last season and proved himself as one of Europe’s top goalkeepers. He is just 23-years-old and would provide similar longevity that Chelsea would have been hoping for with Kepa.
This season, Ajax have conceded just 17 goals in 19 Eredivisie games despite losing Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus in the summer. That has been largely down to the presence of Onana and he could be tempted by a move to one of the top European leagues.
In fact, in November of last year, after the young goalkeeper was linked with Tottenham (The Sun), he admitted his desire to one day play in the Premier League. As reported by BBC Sport, he said: ”There’s good competition and everyone wants to play here but to play you need to get a chance.”
Onana began his career at Barcelona’s infamous academy before moving to the Netherlands with Ajax in 2015. He has developed massively in the last five years and would be a great replacement for Chelsea’s record signing.
Kepa has struggled this season and although Nick Pope is a good option, he does not present the same longevity that the Cameroon international does. He could be Chelsea’s number one for the next ten years if he performs well and will cost less than the £71 million the Blues paid for Kepa in 2018 (BBC).