Premier League giants Arsenal have been boosted with the news that Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana has turned down a transfer to French side Lyon this summer. The Cameroon national team shot stopper rejected the move to Lyon with the belief that a big club such as Arsenal or Italian champions Inter Milan awaits.
Onana has one year left on his present Ajax contract and he’s expected to leave the Dutch club this summer. Lyon were believed to be closing in on his transfer after agreeing a deal worth £5m only for the Cameroon shot stopper to make a u-turn on the transfer.
Italian champions Inter Milan could be the likely destination for Onana ahead of Arsenal who have been linked with a move for the Cameroon national team goal minder since the start of this summer’s transfer market.
Arsenal are in the transfer market for a backup goalkeeper to first choice Bernd Leno. Also, German goalkeeper Leno could leave the club as he has been linked with an exit from Arsenal this summer but no team has made a bid for him.
The widespread reports in the British media say that the Gunners are looking for an homegrown goalkeeper that could serve as a backup to Leno. On his part, Onana would want assurances over regular playing time. It remains to be seen if the Cameroon player will sign for Arsenal this summer especially if Leno remains at the club in addition to him not being homegrown.
The Gunners have been on the trail of England goalkeepers Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Johnstone who fit the bill as homegrown.