Arsenal open talks to sign Ajax keeper Andre Onana for just £7m
Arsenal open talks to sign Ajax keeper Andre Onana with the Gunners eyeing bargain £7m deal for the Cameroon star as he continues fight to reduce his one-year doping ban
- Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana this summer
- The Gunners could snap up the Cameroonian for a cut-price fee of just £7million
- He is currently appealing against a one-year doping ban issued in February
- Onana insists he is innocent and claims he took his wife’s medication by mistake
Arsenal have held discussions over a cut-price move for Ajax keeper Andre Onana.
The 25-year old was banned in February for a year after testing positive for Furosemide but is hopeful it will be reduced after lodging an appeal claiming he took his wife’s medication by mistake.
Ajax have decided to sell as they failed to agree a new contract and his current deal runs out next summer. As a consequence, Arsenal believe they could sign him for around £7million.
Arsenal are in talks to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana for a cut-price fee of just £7million
The Cameroon star is fighting a 12-month doping ban and will take his case to the CAS
The Cameroon international was valued at £25m last summer amid interest from Chelsea.
As a result of his ban, Onana has not played competitive football since January 31, but still managed 27 appearances overall this season – contributing towards Ajax’s Eredivisie league title win before veteran Maarten Stekelenburg took over.
Onana and Ajax have both been fighting the punishment and have taken the case to the the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with an outcome expected this month.
Reports had emerged last month that the ban could be reduced to just eight months – which would clear the way for Arsenal to snap him up and involved him in the early stages of next season.
Should his ban be reduced, the door could open for Mikel Arteta’s side to snap him up
He has had a number of admirers in his early career having been part of the Ajax team who reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19.
The Gunners are looking to provide competition to Bernd Leno, with the German looking shaky at times and the club looking for an upgrade on back-up Alex Runarsson. They were interested in Brentford’s David Raya but the club’s promotion to the Premier League has dashed their hopes.
Arsenal also remain talks with Norwich City over Emi Buendia but face competition from Aston Villa as they weigh up options to potentially replace Jack Grealish.
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