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Ferdinand hails £40m star heading to Chelsea for being everything Man Utd need

Former Manchester defender Rio Ferdinand has hailed Chelsea target Andre Onana as the definition of a “modern-day goalkeeper”.

Good with the ball at his feet, Onana fits the perfect goalkeeping profile for what United are looking for in the summer but there have been no links to the club for now.

The Inter Milan keepr was in excellent form on Tuesday as he recorded another clean sheet in the Champions League semi-final second leg against AC Milan.

Onana has been linked with a number of European teams, including Chelsea, and according to the Daily Telegraph, the west London side are in position to sign him in the summer.

Chelsea are expected to let go of Edouard Mendy this year after failing to replicate the performances of his superb 2020-2021 season while Kepa’s future is unclear.

The Blues are in need of reinforcements between the sticks and place Onana at the top of their transfer shortlist.

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A move for the Cameroonian international would set Chelsea back £45million but his wages are believed to be a better fit than that of Kepa.

Ferdinand would back a transfer to Old Trafford as he said this week: “Modern-day goalkeeper, he’s top class.

“He takes the ball under pressure, doesn’t panic, and brings the other team onto him, which creates space around that. He plays over or through the press. He was fabulous tonight in doing that.”

The asking price for Onana from Inter Milan could become a sticking point with the London side keen on lowering the Italian club’s valuation of the player.

Italian journalist Rudy Galetti told GIVEMESPORT: “Onana could leave Inter in the summer if a suitable offer arrives.

Chelsea are interested in the goalkeeper. But, the current price at the request of the Italian side is €50 million (£45m) and is considered too high by the Blues.


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