Chelsea goalie Edouard Mendy is poised to leave the club this summer, to make way for Diogo Costa, a player who is wanted by both Manchester United and Porto.
The summer transfer season frequently brings clubs together in their hunt of new signings to improve their squads. Last summer, Last summer, it was Barcelona, as the two sides negotiated deals for players while also reportedly seeking similar stars.
This time, the Blues may face a fight with Manchester United, since both sides have similar areas to strengthen. United have made proposals for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
The search for the club’s starting goalkeeper continues, as Chelsea is prepared to allow Edouard Mendy go to join the Saudi Pro League. Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to be staying, but his inconsistent play in goal and his dwindling contract raise more questions.
Similar problems exist at Old Trafford, where David De Gea has not yet agreed to a new contract with the team and there are doubts over whether he is qualified to be the starter following some high-profile mistakes last season. As a result, the Premier League teams are once again keeping an eye out for similar transfer targets.
Andre Onana of Inter Milan is one among them, as is Diogo Costa of Porto, a young goalkeeper who has already made an impression at the age of 23. Although it is said that United have long admired the Portuguese international, Chelsea might “hijack” any move United make.
Portuguese news site A Bola claims that the Blues will make a bid for the goalie to Porto in the coming days once sales are complete. The transfer will cost £65 million, of which £21.5 million will be paid in full and the remaining £5 million will be paid in installments.
Whether that bid will be enough to secure the deal or if Porto has other demands for the goalie, remains to be seen. To complicate matters further, Manchester United will have to decide whether to match that move.