Andre Onana transfer to Arsenal ‘imminent’ despite 12-month UEFA ban
Andre Onana is set for an ‘imminent’ transfer to Arsenal as a replacement for Bernd Leno this summer.
According to Dutch media outlet NOS, the Ajax star will leave the Eredivisie champions this summer. Goal have previously reported that Arsenal are interested in a summer transfer for Onana.
No footballing activity for 12 months
Onana has not played football since early February. The goalkeeper is serving a 12-month ban from all football for doping.
As per the report, Onana will challenge this ban this week. However, it is expected that the 25-year-old shot-stopper will see out the remainder of his punishment.
Before the ban, Onana was one of the highest-rated keepers outside of Europe’s typical ‘big five’ leagues. The former FC Barcelona academy player starred for Ajax in their run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2019/20.
A replacement for Leno
Arsenal are also potentially in the market this summer for a new number one keeper. According to the Guardian, Leno could be one of five senior players to leave the north London side in the transfer window.
The German international has just two years remaining on his current deal and talks on a new contract are yet to be discussed or reported on.
As per the Goal report, Onana could cost Arsenal £7m, just over a third of what the Gunners paid to sign Leno in 2019 according to the Standard.
Onana signing makes sense in specific circumstances
A player who was once heavily praised by Arsene Wenger via Football Oranje, Onana is a talented keeper who would make for a great addition to Arsenal if certain events occur.
The big one is if Onana’s ban is overturned this week. However, as per NOS, this is unlikely to happen, meaning the Cameroonian will likely spend the rest of the year banned from football.
Leno’s future is also unclear with Arsenal. Although there have been murmurs the German international could leave, there is nothing concrete to suggest this will happen this summer.
If Leno stays, there is little reason for Arsenal to sign Onana this summer.