Arsenal keep a close eye on €30m-rated African shot-stopper

The London giants have made their interest in Andre Onana known early with an offer for the Ajax goalkeeper. The 25-year-old shot-stopper is currently serving a suspension after he was accused of doping, but it appears his ban could be cut short, following his hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A product of La Masia youth academy, Andre has been out of action since the start of February. Onana was initially banned for 12 months, but that could be rescinded or at least reduced, once the CAS announces its decision, after going through a four-hour online hearing earlier this month.

An event of a reduced ban should see Cameroon international become eligible to return to the pitch before the start of the 2021/22 season. It has put Gunners on red alert, as they continue their search for a new keeper, especially after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign that saw them miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

The Cameroonian goalkeeper is no stranger when it comes to interest from top European clubs, as the shot-stopper is widely regarded as one of the best young shot-stoppers in Europe. At the age of just 25, Onana has already notched up over 200 competitive games for Ajax, playing a vital role in the UCL run in 2018 as well as two Eredivisie titles.

Arsenal’s interest in the Ajax goalkeeper stems from the struggles of Bernd Leno. The German, who was favoured ahead of Emiliano Martinez last summer, has failed to live up to the expectations, a gamble that has cost Mikel Arteta dearly, as Martinez had emerged as one of the best signings of the recently concluded 2020/21 season.