According to Andre Onana’s agent, Tottenham Hotspur were in contact to discuss a transfer for the goalkeeper this summer before he joined Manchester United.
After the shocking demise of Hugo Lloris last season, it became abundantly clear that Tottenham needed a new goalkeeper for the upcoming campaign.
Eventually, Tottenham opted to sign Empoli stopper Guglielmo Vicario in a deal worth a reported £16.4m (Guardian). The Italian keeper is expected to take over as the new number-one at Spurs for the season ahead.
The Cameroon international has since signed for Premier League rivals Manchester United in a deal worth a reported £47.2m (Sky Sports).
Tottenham made contact regarding Onana
While a move to North London didn’t materialise for Onana, it seemingly wasn’t for the want of trying on Tottenham’s behalf.
The player’s agent, Albert Botines, has been speaking to CalcioMercato about the transfer to Manchester United, and revealed Spurs did make contact to sound out a deal.
Botines said: “It all started a few months ago. Towards April, many inquired about the player. Tottenham asked for information.” In addition, it is claimed Chelsea chiefs also held a meeting with Onana’s representatives.
Ultimately, Onana chose to sign for the Red Devils, and it is believed manager Erik ten Hag was “key” to the keeper’s eventual choice.
Onana and ten Hag worked together previously at Ajax and the 27-year-old was apparently keen on a reunion.
Spurs Web Opinion
Andre Onana is a phenomenal keeper and would have been a fantastic signing for Spurs, but at around £30m more than Guglielmo Vicario, we were never going to strike that kind of deal.
Spurs have got a great goalkeeper for a very good price and we shouldn’t be too concerned about not signing Onana.
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