North London giants Arsenal reportedly promised Ajax Amsterdam shot stopper Andre Onana a first team berth if he moves to the club this summer. This is according to the report from media portal NOS which stated that the Gunners want the Cameroon shot stopper to replace German international Bernd Leno at the club.
Arsenal are keen on Cameroon goalkeeper Onana despite his present status. The Cameroon international has been banned from all football-related activities after he tested positive for a banned substance but the player has pleaded his innocence. According to him, he mistaken took medication meant for his wife. Onana was banned from football in February for one year but that has been reduced to eight months upon the appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) earlier this month.
Onana will be able to start training with his team this summer after the sentence given to him initially was reduced. He can play football again towards the end of the year.
Before the CAS ruling, it was reported that the Cameroon goalkeeper could be available for a knockdown fee of €2m since he has one year left on his current Ajax Amsterdam deal in addition to the fact that he won’t play again until February next year. With the ruling made by CAS, the price being quoted for Onana is around €8m.
For Arsenal, any concrete move for Onana is potentially tied to the future of Leno at the club. Leno is currently with Germany at the Euro 2020 tournament.