Andre Onana has held his online hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport amid various developments on a potential move to Arsenal.
Arsenal target Andre Onana 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.
On Wednesday morning, Ajax confirm that Onana had a hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Along with his lawyers, he made his case and asked for the removal or lessening of his sentence. On the other side, UEFA argued to maintain the ban.
It’s up to CAS to make the final decision, and there’s no word yet on when they’ll make it. Onana’s lawyer is hoping they might get a decision within a week, but admits it could be months.
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal remain interested in buying Onana regardless of the outcome of the case. The goalkeeper isn’t expected to extend his Ajax contract, so the only question is how much he’ll cost, which will depend on the length of the ban.
If the ban is reduced, he could cost £7m. If not, the fee may be even lower. The 25-year-old was worth £35m just last year.
In related news, Ajax have reportedly reached an agreement for the transfer of goalkeeper Jay Gorter from the Go Ahead Eagles.
Gorter isn’t exactly a replacement for Onana, coming in as the third choice behind Maarten Stekelenburg and Remko Pasveer, but it’s another sign they’re planning for life without Onana.