Ajax goalkeeper and Arsenal transfer target Andre Onana has revealed he has 15 offers on the table for his future as a player.
The 25-year-old is currently in limbo as he serves the last two months of his doping ban. Indeed, the Cameroonian international was suspended after taking his wife’s medication by mistake.
Onana was initially facing 12 months after the February decision. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced its suspension at nine months.
As such, he will be able to replay from November. At this point, however, it seems unlikely that he will play Ajax any longer.
Onana is in the final year of her contract and will be available on a free transfer next summer. Still, Ajax could still sell him under a cut-price deal in January.
Reports have claimed that Arsenal are among the clubs that are interested. They signed England hopeful Aaron Ramsdale in August, but Bernd Leno’s future looks increasingly uncertain.
Talk to By Telegraaf, Onana has opened up about his situation at Ajax and is trying to secure a new contract.
“In 2019, I extended my contract until the summer of 2022 and after the Champions League semi-final, I said I was open to an even longer contract,” he said. he declares.
“[Ajax chief executive] Edwin van der Sar and [director of football] Marc Overmars decided not to go in there, because this transfer period or the summer after would be the moment for me to take a new step.
“After the start of the corona pandemic and because of my suspension, the club still wanted to meet. I understood it. My agent Albert Botines then had six or seven conversations and he felt that we were close to an agreement.
“But at one point, it was take it or leave it for Ajax. The club has unplugged. Look it up on the Internet: we were open to further discussions. We haven’t heard from Ajax since.
Onana insisted he had an “excellent relationship” with Ajax club chiefs and was open to a new contract.
However, he added that a new contract is “not in my hands” and that “Ajax must do what is right for Ajax”.
Arsenal target Onana reveals transfer offers
As for where Onana could go next, he opened up about a failed transfer to French club Lyon this summer.
He had “many conversations” with the manager of the Ligue 1 club, Peter Bosz, but could not find an agreement in the end. Onana also spoke with Nice.
He added: “There are fifteen clubs that want me to get a free transfer in the summer of 2022. Rumors that I already have a deal with another club are not true.
“Doesn’t it make sense that I first offer Ajax the chance to strike up a conversation?” Albert Botines will be coming to Amsterdam soon and I will hear about it. I just want to focus on my return. But anything is possible. Let Ajax and my agent sit down quickly and see what happens.
Arsenal reportedly intend to change their German goalkeeper Leno in January or next summer, as they don’t want to lose him for free in 2023, the last year of his contract.
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