Arsenal are interested in the transfer of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana despite his year-long ban from football.
The Cameroonian is appealing a 12-month from football for allegedly taking a banned substance. Onana claimed it was human error on his part because it has similar packaging to his wife’s medicine.
However, his potential ban until February 2022 doesn’t faze the Gunners, who are interested no matter what the outcome of his CAS appeal.
The asking price is €7m (£6m) should the ban be reduced, whilst it could be lower if it’s upheld, according to The Telegraph.
Arsenal are sweating over the future of Bernd Leno, who could leave this summer. Meanwhile, Mat Ryan is keen on extending his stay at the club following his loan spell last season.
The north London giants’ stance on Onana proves incredibly worrying. Whilst the Germany international may leave this summer, he needs to be adequately replaced.
Onana has shown off his quality during his time with the Dutch giants. Prior to his ban, the Cameroon international kept nine clean sheets across just 20 Eredivisie games.
However, that won’t be much use if he can’t play before February 2020.
It would leave Ryan and Alex Runarsson as the two players available to Mikel Arteta.
The Australian was ousted as Brighton’s number one, hence his move to north London. Meanwhile, we’ve already seen how poor the Iceland international is.
Arsenal have already seen what having a pair of average goalkeepers can do.
Between 2014 and 2018, David Ospina and Petr Cech were fighting for the number one jersey. But, neither player were consistent enough to hold down a spot as the outright number one.
A good goalkeeper is a crucial element of any team. And Onana would be a great replacement for Leno should his ban get overturned.
However, the fact Arsenal remain interested in a transfer for Onana, regardless of the outcome of his appeal, is incredibly worrying.