Andre Onana is almost certain to leave Ajax this summer, even if his ban stands, with Arsenal leading the race to sign him.

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana makes a save during the Dutch Eredivisie match between sc Heerenveen and Ajax Amsterdam at Abe Lenstra Stadium on March 07, 2020. VI ANP Sport / Ronald Bonestroo IV
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana makes a save during the Dutch Eredivisie match between sc Heerenveen and Ajax Amsterdam at Abe Lenstra Stadium on March 07, 2020. VI ANP Sport / Ronald Bonestroo IV

Netherlands outlet NOS report that it is almost certain Andre Onana will leave Ajax this summer. He’s under contract until 2022, and he may be banned from playing until next February, but he’s set to leave the club all the same.

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Arsenal are reportedly in pole position, even ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, largely because they see Onana as a first-choice goalkeeper.

Onana will find out the outcome of his ban appeal on Wednesday, after which a transfer is expected fairly quickly.

If the sentence is shortened (likely to October), then Onana will cost €6-9m. If not, Ajax will ask for €2m. Either way, it’s not going to be a significant investment.

Goal reporter Charles Watts initially wrote in early May that Arsenal were interested in Onana this summer.

The 25-year-old is currently serving a 12-month suspension after the banned substance, Furosemide, was found in his urine sample. He claims he took it by accident after it was prescribed to his wife.

Onana is a very promising goalkeeper, so Arsenal will hope he has his ban reduced and can join as soon as possible.