Rio Ferdinand Applauds £40m Star on His Way to Chelsea

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Rio Ferdinand praises Andre Onana, a target for Chelsea. As the epitome of a “modern-day goalkeeper” with excellent ball-playing skills. Onana’s profile aligns perfectly with Manchester United’s desired goalkeeping criteria for the upcoming summer transfer window. Although no official links to the Red Devils have surfaced thus far.

Displaying superb form on Tuesday night, the Inter Milan goalkeeper showcased his skills by securing yet another clean sheet in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against rivals AC Milan. Andre Onana, who has garnered interest from several European clubs. Including Chelsea, finds himself in pole position for a summer transfer to the west Londoners. As reported by the Daily Telegraph.

As he has struggled to replicate the exceptional performances of his remarkable 2020-2021 campaign. The future of Kepa Arrizabalaga, on the other hand, remains uncertain. With a pressing need for reinforcements in the goalkeeping department. Chelsea has identified Onana as their primary target. Securing the services of the Cameroonian international would require a £45m investment, but his wage demands are reportedly more suitable compared to those of Kepa.

Rio Ferdinand and his quirky comments

Ferdinand’s recent comments indicate that he highly praises a modern-day goalkeeper who possesses exceptional skills. He admires the goalkeeper’s ability to maintain composure while receiving the ball under pressure. Effectively attracting opposition players towards him and consequently creating space for his team. Additionally, the goalkeeper demonstrates the capability to navigate past or bypass opposing teams’ pressing tactics. Ferdinand commends the goalkeeper’s outstanding performance. Implying that he would certainly support a transfer to Manchester United.

The potential transfer of Onana to Chelsea might encounter a hurdle due to the disparity in valuation between the two clubs. Italian journalist Rudy Galetti stated that Chelsea holds a strong interest in the Cameroonian goalkeeper. But they are determined to negotiate a lower asking price with Inter. Currently, Inter requested price stands at €50 million (£45 million). Which Chelsea deems as excessively high. Therefore, the valuation discrepancy could pose a challenge in the potential transfer deal.

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