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Arsenal-linked Andre Onana could leave Ajax for free next year, confirms Marc Overmars

Arsenal linked with Onana

Earlier in the summer, Arsenal would see themselves linked with goalkeeper, Andre Onana.

The Ajax star has been plying his trade in the Dutch capital since his move from FC Barcelona in January of 2015.

Onana has since featured 204 times for the club’s senior side, keeping 83 clean sheets and playing key roles in both their domestic and European success, with Ajax having of course reached the semi-final of the Champions League back in 2018/19.

Arsenal, in turn, were credited with an interest in Onana back in June:

André Onana is a real target in the Arsenal list, confirmed as @nos reported today. ⚪️🔴 #AFC

– Arsenal are in direct contact wih his agents since January.
– Definitive suspension period will be key to understand Onana’s future.
– Impossible to bring Szczesny back, NO chance.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2021

However, at the time, the shot-stopper was suspended for 12 months by UEFA, after he tested positive for Furosemide following an out-of-competition test.

Onana has since seen this ban reduced to nine months, meaning he will be able to play again in early November. But it was easy to see why Arsenal did not sign him this summer, instead bringing in Aaron Ramsdale.

Onana to leave Ajax for free?

However, though Arsenal now have Ramsdale and Bernd Leno competing for the no.1 spot at the club, they may need to once again dip into the market for a keeper next summer.

This comes with reports suggesting that Leno, who has endured a rough patch of form of late, could leave the club in 2022.

And, if such a development comes to pass, then it appears as though Arsenal could pick up Onana on a free next year.

The Cameroonian currently has less than 12 months remaining on his Ajax deal – meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club as early as January.

Not only that, but Ajax’s director of football Marc Overmars has now suggested that Onana could indeed leave for free next year:

When asked about the 25-year-old’s contract potentially being extended, the former Arsenal winger told Ajax TV [as cited by football.london]:

“You never know in football, but the way I see it now, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

“It is possible that he will leave in the winter, but that must yield a decent amount. It must go both ways. If the amount is not sufficient, then [he will leave] in July for nothing.”

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