Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has now declared that rumoured Tottenham target Andre Onana will remain at the San Siro next season.
Multiple reports have indicated over the last few weeks that Hugo Lloris, who is currently out with an injury, may have already played his last game for Tottenham, who are expected to be on the lookout for a new number one next summer (Daily Mirror).
One of the goalkeepers thought to be on Spurs’ radar is Onana, with London World reporting last week that the Cameroonian’s ball-playing and sweeping ability makes him an attractive option for the Lilywhites.
The report further added Inter would be willing to cash in on the goalkeeper for £40m, given their need to raise funds this summer, with the price said to be viewed as being ‘reasonable’ by the Tottenham hierarchy.
They were not the only outlet who have backed Spurs to pursue Onana, with 90 min reporting two weeks ago that the former Ajax star is one of four goalkeepers at the top of the Lilywhites’ wishlist ahead of the summer transfer window.
However, Marotta has now handed Tottenham a blow by insisting that Onana is not heading anywhere this summer.
The Inter chief said (via Fabirizo Romano): “Onana leaving for €40m? I’d rule this out, honestly.
“We think he will stay. We have not received any offers and Onana is happy in Milano, he wants to stay here.
“We do not plan to sell him.”
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It is difficult to tell if this is merely a negotiating tactic to warn clubs that Onana will not be available on the cheap or if Moratta genuinely does not want to sell the goalkeeper.
Given Inter’s financial situation, one would think that all of their prized assets have a price and any offer of around £40m for the Cameroonian will be quite hard for the club to turn down.
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