Chelsea declined chance to sign Manchester United new boy Andre Onana after Inter tried to spark bidding war
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 24
Andre Onana joined Manchester United last week (Photo by Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Inter Milan attempted to spark a bidding war for by inviting to challenge for the Cameroonian’s signature.

The 27-year-old last week, bringing United’s month-long pursuit of the goalkeeper to an end.

The former ace was Erik ten Hag’s first choice to replace David De Gea, .

Inter made it clear from the start of their negotiations with United that they were open to selling Onana, which smoothed the process.

The Italians’ stance was forged by their need to sell before buying, and they’ve been in a .

However, despite being open to selling Onana, Inter were unimpressed with United’s opening bid of around £32m.

Chelsea are confined by Financial Fair Play rules this summer (Picture: Getty)

They felt this was unacceptable, and immediately rejected the offer.

Onana kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League last season and Inter knew United were desperate, given De Gea had already announced his departure from the club.

While Inter knew they would eventually sell Onana, they attempted to drive up the price by inviting Chelsea to bid for the goalkeeper, according to the Athletic.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to play with a ‘modern’ goalkeeper and he sanctioned earlier this summer.

That leaves Kepa as first choice and the Spaniard’s difficulties at Stamford Bridge have been well documented.

However, Chelsea declined the chance to challenge United for Onana as Pochettino has other priorities this summer and the club are confined by Financial Fair Play rules.

That’s despite Chelsea making over £200m in player sales this summer.

More than one-quarter of that was made via the Blues’ decision to allow Mason Mount to join United in a £55m deal.

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