Arsenal have little time to make a decision about Andre Onana and thus the future of Bernd Leno, as interest in the Cameroonian is growing and a rival Premier League club is even opening talks for each Goal …
Charles Watts, Goal’s Arsenal correspondent, said interest in the 25-year-old increased after UEFA reduced the goalkeeper’s ban to nine months after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Onana was initially banned from UEFA for a year following the results of a training test, despite the goalkeeper’s insistence that his wife had taken medication while he was sick.
Watts insists that “Arsenal can’t afford to wait any longer” with their Onana decision as another club that have reached the top of the Premier League have now reached out to Ajax on a transfer.
It is added that the Cameroonian international, who was cemented as one of the most talented young players in the world prior to this ordeal, is also attracting “strong interest” in Europe, particularly in France.
Arsenal are now fighting with top European clubs and a direct rival in one of Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, West Ham or Leicester.
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Ajax are trying to negotiate the sale of Onana this summer to avoid the quality goalkeeper losing after a free game when his contract expires in a year.
Goal reports that the Gunners have been “closely” following Onana for months after initially expressing interest in recruiting the Barcelona Academy’s former talent in January.
It is detailed that Arsenal have yet to formalize their interest in the ace with an official offer, which they should change very soon when rival clubs start looking for a potential bargain.
Claims of conversations with Onana’s agents are encouraging, though another catch in the work of the deal is one sculpted by Bernd Leno.
Leno is reportedly ready to leave the North London outfit but is holding a decision as he is out with the squad for Euro 2020 while the time is ticking on the Onana and Ajax transfer clock.
Should Leno stay, it could pose a serious problem for Mikel Arteta as Onana would not be guaranteed number 1.
Onana made 204 appearances for Ajax, won the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup doubles twice, finished second in the Europa League and also showed his talent as Ajax defied chances of reaching the 18/19 Champions League semi-finals.
Onana can resume competition training two months before his reduced suspension expires, with the stopper being available from November 3rd.
Given that Arsenal recently lost Emi Buendia’s transfer to a solid side at Aston Villa, fans will want to be the last one for the club to miss Onana’s transfer to a more direct rival.