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Chelsea to offer two players in Andre Onana swap after Inter Milan snub Edouard Mendy

Chelsea are willing to offer two players in exchange for Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana after the club declined a swap involving Edouard Mendy, according to reports.

The London club are desperate to secure a new goalkeeper this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to sign a player who is more capable with his feet than the club’s current options.

Onana, whose passing and composure on the ball was impressive in the Champions League final against Man City, has quickly emerged as their main target.

Inter Milan are open to selling a player they snapped up on a free transfer just a year ago and are said to be looking to secure a deal worth around £55m.

While that fee is not beyond Chelsea’s reach, the Blues would like to lower the cash sum and include a player or two as part of the deal so they can trim their bloated squad.

Mendy – who was displaced as Chelsea’s number one by Kepa Arrizabalaga this past campaign – had been offered to the Nerazzurri but they have declined, instead targeting a different goalkeeper.

Now The Sun are claiming that Chelsea have held discussions about offering Kalidou Koulibaly as part of the deal instead, with the former Napoli star now considered surplus to requirements at the club.

The Senegalese star remains highly regarded in Italy and Inter Milan are in the market for a new central defender this summer.

Romelu Lukaku could also be offered to Inter as part of the deal for Onana, though the Serie A club are said to be reluctant to take on his huge salary – particularly after he played such a reduced role this campaign.

The 30-year-old only started 19 games in Serie A, partly as a result of injuries and also due to a lack of form, while all eight of his appearances in the Champions League came off the bench.

Inter are resigned to losing Onana and have already identified Empoli’s Guglielmo Vicario as the goalkeeper they want to replace him.

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