Marc Overmars has told NOS that Ajax will not stand in Andre Onana’s way in the event of a suitable offer this summer amid renewed interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
The north London outfit have recently been linked with the Cameroon shot-stopper by football.london, who claimed that Onana is a potential option for Spurs’ next head coach to target in their search for Hugo Lloris’s long-term successor.
Spurs have long been touted as a potential destination Onana, with L’Equipe suggesting that contact was made with the 25-year-old last year, while the Daily Mail later claimed that he dreams of joining the Premier League side.
Lloris is only under contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium through to next summer and will turn 35 later in the year, while Onana is likewise soon entering the final 12 months of his current deal.
Overmars indicated to ESPN last month that talks between Ajax and Onana over new terms were halted as he had refused to extend his contract with the Amsterdam outfit, for whom he has not played since being issued a 12-month ban for alleged doping violations in February.
While the ban could hinder any potential move this summer, Ajax’s Technical Director Overmars is still intent on demanding a sizable fee for the 2022 free agent who faced Spurs in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.
“For €50m (£43.3m), there is a good chance that Onana will leave next summer,” Arsenal icon Overmars told NOS.
Tottenham will understandably use the upcoming summer market to headhunt a new goalkeeper, with Lloris entering the twilight of his career. But a move for Onana may be unlikely given he will be out of action until next February unless his ban is reduced.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy may also be unwilling to pay the fee Overmars has stated Ajax will demand, given the former Barcelona prospect will also be a free agent in a years.
But Overmars stating that Ajax will not stand in Onana’s way will still be considered as a huge boost for any lingering interest in north London, as the Cameroonian was considered by UEFA’s technical reports (via the Daily Mail) to have been among the best goalkeepers in the Champions League during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
Clearly, then, Tottenham can acquire a top talent by striking a deal with Ajax, and land a player who reportedly wanted to join them previously.