Arsenal are ready to make an offer for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, but a deal depends on whether the 25-year-old’s doping ban is lifted, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian journalist says the Cameroon international was a target for the Gunners in January, and they have stayed in contact with the player’s representatives in recent months ahead of a possible summer bid:
“Let’s see what will be the final decision for the suspension, but UEFA are still on the same position, but Arsenal are interested because if the situation would change they want to try. They are in touch with his agents, he was close to joining Arsenal in January – they were in talks with his agent in January. Now, the situation is still on the table because they are seriously considering to move for Onana and he’s a serious target for Arsenal.”
Arsenal’s interest in Onana is surprising. While there has been talk that Bernd Leno is open to leaving the Emirates, it is not thought that the German is desperate to move on.
It could well be that Onana’s availability for such a low transfer fee may have influenced the Gunners’ thinking in terms of going after the keeper.
Reports suggest that Ajax may be willing to offload Onana for just £7m, and that would be a bargain price. However, as Romano says, a lot will depend on whether the shot-stopper’s suspension is shortened or lifted completely. He is currently expected to return from his ban in the New Year.