Italian side Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana as a free agent. The Nerazzuri announced the free transfer signing of the former Barcelona shot stopper at the start of last week. The Cameroon national team star has signed for Inter Milan after his contract with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam expired last month.
Onana, 26, has signed a five-year deal with the Nerazzuriuntil the end of the 2026/27 season. He’s seen as the long-term successor to veteran Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovicat Inter Milan. The 37-year-old Handanovic has been the first choice goalkeeper at Inter Milan for over a decade and he recently signed a one-year contract extension to take his time at the club to next summer at least.
New Inter Milan shot stopper Onana spent seven-and-a-half years at Ajax Amsterdam before leaving at the end of his last contract this summer. He played 214 games for the Dutch champions in all competitions. The Cameroonian could have played more games for the Dutch Eredivisie side if he had not been banned in February 2021 after he was given a 12-month doping ban reduced to nine months on appeal.
Onana returned from the nine-month ban in November 2021 and he was the starting goalkeeper for hosts Cameroon as they finished third at the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament held in five cities at the start of this year. He’s expected to be in goal for Cameroon at the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in on Qatari soil.
At Ajax Amsterdam last season, Onana was restricted to just ten appearances in all competitions due to the doping ban. He turned down the offer of a new contract at the club before signing as a free agent for Inter Milan to become the fourth Cameroon player at the club after Pierre Wome, Daniel Boumsong and Samuel Eto’o.