Arsenal are apparently interested in Andre Onana again as they eye up the Ajax keeper on a free to replace Bernd Leno.

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

Aaron Ramsdale was purchased in the summer to eventually replace Bernd Leno but Mikel Arteta couldn’t wait to play with his new toy and yanked Leno from the starting lineup after Arsenal were hammered by City.

Since then, it has been made clear that the shirt is now Ramsdale’s to lose and, with Leno out of contract in the summer and desperate to make the Germany World Cup squad for Qatar, he will no doubt be pushing to be allowed to leave in January so he can play.

That would leave Arsenal with a very big problem as there is simply no other keeper at the club ready to step up to fill the role of number two.

Arsenal have, of course, been heavily linked with Onana before this.

Over the summer, The Athletic reported that Onana was one name in contention for Arsenal but there was also interest in him from France and Italy.

At the time, Onana was 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 was available for matches from November 3rd and available for training from September 3rd but has yet to make an appearance for Ajax this summer.

Onana was named on their bench for the first game after his ban ended, however.

Onana recently 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 might extend his deal with Ajax.

Inter Milan, however, seem to be the most likely destination for the 25-year-old.

This weekend, Gazetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, report that although talks have gone quiet, and Arsenal are making a ‘last ditch’ move to convince him to come to London, Onana has ‘renewed his promise of love’ with Inter.

Given he would likely be a started in Milan and not in London, it would seem like a simple choice.

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