Andre Onana is certain to leave Ajax following his ban reduction, with Arsenal in pole position to sign him, according to reports.

AMSTERDAM - 28-01-2021, Ajax keeper Andre Onana during the match between Ajax and Willem II. Copyright: Imago Images
AMSTERDAM – 28-01-2021, Ajax keeper Andre Onana during the match between Ajax and Willem II. Copyright: Imago Images

Voetbal International report that Andre Onana is now certain to leave Ajax, but his destination is not so certain just yet. Arsenal are in pole position, among other clubs.

This fits with The Athletic’s recent report, that Onana is one name in contention for Arsenal’s goalkeeper position but there’s also interest in him from France and Italy.

Chris Wheatley claims Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is very likely to join Arsenal this summer, but no fee has been agreed yet.

Onana is serving a suspension after the banned substance, Furosemide, was found in his urine sample. He claimed he took it by accident after it was prescribed to his wife.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled no significant fault could be attributed to Onana, reducing the ban from 12 months to nine as a result. He’s available for matches from November 3rd and available for training from September 3rd.

The 25-year-old has had an excellent record in goal for Ajax. He kept nine clean sheets in 20 Eredivisie matches before his ban this season, with an 80% save percentage.

According to the post-shot expected goals stats, he’s also prevented over 10 goals more than you’d expect from your average top-five league goalkeeper in his last three seasons of European football (24 Champions League appearances, 1 Europa League).

The Cameroon international would be a very good addition to Arsenal for the price he’s likely to cost. But inevitably, there will be competition for his signature.

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