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Goalkeeper Andre Onana has his heart set on a move away from Ajax amid interest from Arsenal, managing director Edwin van der Sar has told Ziggo Sport, via Ajax Showtime.

If the Cameroon international can come close to emulating the impact Van der Sar made on English shores, this would be the best £7 million Arsenal have spent in a long time. 

With Bernd Leno unconvincing and back-up Alex Runarsson about as secure as the proverbial chocolate teapot, Mikel Arteta is looking to bring in a shot-stopper before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

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And if Arsenal are unwilling to pay the staggering £32 million Sheffield United want for Aaron Ramsdale – a man who has suffered relegation in each of the past two seasons – Onana feels like an ideal alternative. 

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With just one year left on his contract, it’s understood Ajax would cash in on the two-time Eredivisie winner for as little as £7 million (Goal). 

Arsenal backed away from Onana in January 2020, deeming him too expensive at the time, but his price tag has fallen substantially during the past 18 months or so. 

“We wanted to continue with Andre but he intends to leave Amsterdam,” says Van der Sar. 

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The Manchester United legend was reluctant to be drawn on reports suggesting Onana had turned down a move to Lyon – and a reunion with former coach Peter Bosz – in the hope a “bigger club” would come calling (De Telegraaf).

And, according to Calciomercato, Arsenal are looking to swoop like a blood-thirsty vulture, picking the bones of a deal that now looks dead in the water.

The Gunners are reported to have contacted Onana’s representatives this week. 

All of this, it seems, is good news for West Bromwich Albion too.

All the signs, right now, point to Sam Johnstone staying for another season with The Athletic suggesting the England international could sign a new contract.  

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