As reported by Express, Andre Onana will be allowed to leave Ajax in January. Ajax chief Marc Overmars has given the goalkeeper the green light to leave the club in winter, which could potentially put Arsenal on red alert. Overmars, though, has stated that he is looking for a decent fee if Ajax are to offload him in January, with the goalkeeper otherwise likely to leave next summer for free.
Andre Onana’s Current Situation At Ajax
Andre Onana is currently sidelined through suspension until November due to doping. As such, the goalkeeper has not featured in professional football since the end of January, with veteran goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg replacing him in between the sticks for Ajax.
It has indeed been a frustrating year for Onana, who was about to hit his peak and was regarded as one of the brightest young goalkeepers in Europe. But after eight months of spending time on the sidelines, his valuation has sharply decreased, with his current contract at Ajax also expiring at the end of the season.
However, many clubs still highly rate the Cameroonian shot-stopper, particularly due to his impressive reflexes and ability to read the danger. A product of La Masia youth academy, he is, in many ways, a modern-day goalkeeper with a lot of potential.
Onana brings a lot of experience to the table as well, having featured in over 200 competitive matches for Ajax while winning 18 caps for his country.
Do Arsenal Need Onana?
Arsenal have been interested in Andre Onana for a long time now. But during the summer transfer window, they made a questionable decision of snapping up Aaron Ramsdale for quite a fortune, despite having Bernd Leno already in the books.
The move will massively impact how Mikel Arteta and Edu shape the future of the club’s goalkeeping unit. But it appears Leno is likely to be axed soon, in which case Onana will be an excellent addition to the team.
As mentioned earlier, the Cameroonian international has a lot of experience at the highest level of football and his game-reading abilities, coupled with his quality on the ball, make him an ideal fit for the Gunners. And with the goalkeeper unlikely to cost a fortune, he could indeed be a bargain addition for the Gunners.
However, in order to snap up Onana in January, they would have to find a suitor for Leno, which could be a difficult task, given the current financial situation across Europe.