Chelsea identified 24-year-old Ajax star as perfect replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga

By | June 29, 2020

Chelsea have reportedly identified Ajax stopper Andre Onana as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Former Athletic Bilbao stopper has suffered mixed fortunes during his time at Chelsae, although Spaniard has regained his place in Frank Lampard’s starting XI over Willy Caballero after the restart of the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Kepa’s future continues to be shrouded ahead of the summer transfer window, and the Blues are believed to be making contingency plans in case the 25-year-old does seek pastures new.

The stopper is reportedly on Valencia’s wishlist ahead of a proposed two-year loan spell, and The Mirror claims that the Blues could look to secure a contract for Onana should Kepa Arrizabala return to his native Spain.

The West London club have been previously credited with a strong interest in the £30m-rated Cameroon international stopper, however, they would supposedly have to fend off interest from PSG for Onana’s services.

Lampard’s side have already been heavily active in the transfer market as they have already secured the services of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and RB Leipzig centre-forward, Timo Werner, to the English capital ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Onana’s current contract at Ajax will end in the summer of 2022.