Guillermo Ochoa had a remarkable start to his career in the Serie A with Salernitana after leaving Club América on a free transfer last January. He was the Italian club’s first player of the month in 2023.
— Lega Serie A (@SerieA_EN) February 7, 2023
However, after Salernitana’s previous starting goalkeeper Luigi Pepe came back from injury, the Mexican hasn’t seen much of the pitch.
After starting in six straight games and was arguably Salernitana’s best player on the pitch, the goalkeeper has been relegated to the bench for two games in a row and is expected to be a substitute again in their game against Monza on Sunday.
While there’s no exact reason for his substitution other than the coaching staff’s respect in hierarchy for Pepe, fans are starting to believe that if Ochoa remains as a substitute, the club might want to work themselves around the clause in Ochoa’s six-month contract (which reportedly has an option to extend).
¡PARECE QUE OCHOA EMPEZARÍA A PREPARAR LAS MALETAS!Una cláusula en su contrato ya lo tendría 'fuera' del Salernitana ❌#CentralFOX https://t.co/e9P6ltxxbb
— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) February 18, 2023
Whatever the case may be, Ochoa might be looking switch clubs in the summer and clubs are reportedly already knocking on the door for his services.
Guillermo Ochoa linked to Inter and AC Milan for second goalkeeper position
Ochoa is only two months into his career in the calcio italiano and he’s already being linked to the big move he’s always waited for. Though, not exactly in the terms he would’ve imagined.
According to Tutto Salernitana, the Mexican goalkeeper has become an option for both AC Milan and Inter to take their back-up goalkeeping position for the 2023-24 season. The report went as far as to say that Milan has already contacted and offered a 1-year contract.
ESCLUSIVA TS - Salernitana, una società di A bussa alla porta dell'agente di Ochoa https://t.co/bnKDFRnTZj— TuttoSalernitana.com (@TuttoSalerno) February 24, 2023
Inter would see him as the replacement for Samir Handanovic and as the back-up for André Onana (26), while Milan would take him in as second to Mike Maigan (27) or even third to recently signed Colombian goalkeeper Devis Vásquez (24).
Ochoa would be a free agent in the summer if he doesn’t renew with Salernitana, facilitating his transfer to any club interested.
Would this be a good move for Guillermo Ochoa?
We don’t think so, but it depends.
Memo Ochoa has showed — in the 2022 World Cup and in the Serie A — that he’s still got it. He debuted with nine saves against AC Milan and is having, up until now, an average of 4.7 saves made per game.
Memo Ochoa made nine saves including seven that were shot inside the penalty area in his Serie A debut for SalernitanaWarming up for 2026 pic.twitter.com/l6uzJJTTN7
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 4, 2023
Being 37 (almost 38) and getting to become part of some of the biggest clubs in the world sounds like a tempting way to close out your career. However, the legendary international goalkeeper wants to become the first keeper (and potentially first-ever player) to participate in six World Cups in Mexico's co-hosting of the 2026 edition. Being a substitute for Milan or Inter? Probably not the best way to get there
Ochoa sobre su futuro en el Tri:"Me veo muchos años más jugando. Voy de Mundial en Mundial, que sea muy bueno e histórico. Después la intención es seguir jugando, pelearé por jugar, sería extraordinario hacer seis Mundiales que nadie lo ha hecho y más que es en México". pic.twitter.com/covtHDvE3t
— Kery (@KeryNews) September 8, 2022
We would like to see Memo stay in Europe but in a club where he's not getting shot at every five minutes. Considering his performances this season, we hope there are clubs outside of Milan interested in him. But if there's no tempting offers to stay in Europe besides Milan or Inter as a back-up goalkeeper for a year or so, we say go for it.