Chelsea thwarted in Andre Onana pursuit as Inter not interested in Kepa Arrizabalaga swap and only want cash deal
- Blues looking to swap Kepa for Onana
- Inter not looking for exchange as they want cash
- Spanish goalkeeper has had a poor campaign
WHAT HAPPENED? Chelsea are looking to make some massive changes in their squad after a shambolic Premier League campaign, including their underperforming goalkeepers. The duo of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy are tipped to leave the club with Inter Milan's Andre Onana linked with the Blues. Unfortunately for Chelsea, their idea of swapping Kepa and Onana has been shut down by Inter who want cash for the former Ajax man, according to TUTTOmercatoWEB.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Spanish goalkeeper garners a massive salary at the London-based club, which is part of the reason why the Blues are looking for an exchange deal. Kepa who makes around £9 million gross per year at Chelsea and has seen a sudden decline in his form despite being the number one choice of both Graham Potter and Frank Lampard.
AND WHAT'S MORE: While Chelsea continue their hunt to find an exchange deal, Inter are not looking to swap the two shot-stoppers. The Italian giants want €60-70m for Onana to balance their books, with their lowest asking price being in the region of €45m. Furthermore, the money brought in could then be utilised for the signing of Empoli's Guglielmo Vicario - the first name on Inter's goalkeeping wishlist.
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WHAT NEXT FOR ONANA AND CHELSEA? With Inter adamant about not letting their shot-stopper leave in a swap deal, the English heavyweights will have to lay out another offer for Onana to lure him to England. Otherwise, the club would be forced to explore other options in the upcoming summer window.