Andre Onana has chosen to go to Inter Milan and turn down Arsenal, with an announcement expected in February, according to a report.

ALKMAAR, 31-01-2021, AFAS Stadion, season 2020 / 2021, Dutch Eredivisie Football between AZ - Ajax. Andre Onana AZ - Ajax. Copyright: Imago Images
ALKMAAR, 31-01-2021, AFAS Stadion, season 2020 / 2021, Dutch Eredivisie Football between AZ – Ajax. Andre Onana AZ – Ajax. Copyright: Imago Images

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Andre Onana has agreed to join Inter Milan, and the deal is now closed. The player has reportedly said ‘no’ to Arsenal, and an official announcement is expected in February.

In September, we covered claims from Christian Falk that Inter Milan are interested in Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Fabrizio Romano then shot this rumour down, saying Inter aren’t considering Leno, and he’s not even on their shortlist.

Instead, Inter are trying to sign Arsenal-linked Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. They’ve been pushing for him since July, and if you believe the rumours, they’ve finally got the deal done.

Calciomercato also reported in September that the Serie A club had already reached an agreement with Onana to sign him on a free transfer.

Onana’s contract with Ajax expires in the summer, which is seemingly what made him so appealing to Arsenal in the first place.

Things may well have changed now, though, with Aaron Ramsdale proving such a success so far.

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

Earlier in September, Onana told reporters that he didn’t have any agreement to join a new club, and that he had as many as 15 suitors to sign him next summer.

He even suggested it was possible he extends his deal with Ajax.

But in the same interview, the goalkeeper revealed his agent would soon be coming to Amsterdam to sort things out. That could explain the subsequent developments in the Inter pursuit.

Onana is still yet to play since 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 again now, and has made their bench over the last few weeks.

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 last season, with an 80% save percentage.

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