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Arsenal running out of time on cut-price transfer as Premier League rival make contact for star that Gunners could use as a starter

Arsenal have little time to make a decision on Andre Onana and thereby the future of Bernd Leno as interest is mounting in the Cameroonian, with a rival Premier League club even opening talks, per Goal

Charles Watts, the Arsenal correspondent for Goal, writes that interest has increased in the 25-year-old after UEFA reduced the goalkeeper’s ban to nine months after testing positive for a banned substance.

Onana was initially suspended for one year by UEFA after the findings of an out-of-competition test, though the goalkeeper insisted it was a result of taking medication of his wife’s while he was unwell.

Watts insists that ‘Arsenal can’t afford to wait any longer’ with their decision on Onana as another club that finished in the top of the Premier League have now made contact with Ajax over a transfer.

It’s added that the Cameroon international, who was cemented as one of the world’s most talented young stoppers before this ordeal, is also attracting ‘strong interest’ from Europe – particularly France.

So Arsenal are now contending with top European clubs and a direct rival in one of Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, West Ham or Leicester.

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Arsenal fans may find it unforgivable if they lost out on the transfer of Onana.

Ajax are looking to negotiate the sale of Onana this summer, in an effort to avoid losing the quality goalkeeper on a free when his contract expires in a year’s time.

Goal report that the Gunners have been following Onana ‘closely’ for months now, having initially expressed interest in recruiting the former Barcelona academy talent in January.

It’s detailed that Arsenal are yet to formalise their interest in the ace with an official offer, something they should look to change very soon as rival clubs begin to circle around a potential bargain deal.

The claims that talks have been held with Onana’s agents are promising, though another spanner in the works of the deal comes as a Bernd Leno shaped one.

Leno is reportedly open to exiting the North London outfit, but is holding fire on a decision as he’s away with Die Mannschaft for Euro 2020, all whilst time on the Onana and Ajax transfer clock is ticking.

Were Leno to stay put it could present a serious problem for Mikel Arteta as Onana would not be guaranteed the No.1 spot.

Onana has made 204 appearances for Ajax, winning the Eredivisie and Dutch cup double twice, finishing as a runner-up in the Europa League and also showing his talent as Ajax defied the odds to reach the Champions League semi-finals in 18/19.

Onana can resume competitive training two months before the end of his reduced ban, with the stopper then available for selection from November 3.

Considering that Arsenal recently lost out on the transfer of Emi Buendia to a solid side in Aston Villa, the last thing the fans will want is for the club to miss out on the transfer of Onana to a more direct rival.

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3 Comments

  1. Aresenal is just too much talk, too many links with different players and nothing concrete happening. There is either a problem of insufficient funds or poor scouting with staff too slow to reach major decisions

  2. I agree all talk and rumours and they miss out because they dither so much. Either they want a player or they don’t if they do pay up and be 😃.
    They will end up making wrong choices yet again and paying too much per week. Rumour has it Saliba to be sent out on loan again shows we don’t know what we want. We need to put a team together not just players on the pitch look at all the teams around us we have no ambition.

  3. Stalling on a £7million deal for Onana, it’s either Arsenal are not interested in the deal and it’s all just rumors or Onana isn’t interested in the deal. If it’s the former, then Arsenal am afraid should not be taken seriously from now on, cus they’ve slowly become a club destined and determind to fail.

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