Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has made it clear that he is ‘tired’ of speculation linking him with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal and Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, speaking to Ziggo Sport, via FC Update.
If the Cameroon international goalkeeper wanted to put an end to all the speculation, he didn’t exactly go about things in the right way following Ajax’s 2-1 victory over Besiktas in the Champions League group-stages on Wednesday night.
“Maybe for me the time has come to go,” Onana said, via Fabrizio Romano. “I have done my best for this club, I have done everything.”
If that isn’t a man packing his bags and preparing to say goodbye, well then we don’t know what is.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag admitted recently that the one-time Barcelona youngster was destined to depart the reigning Eredivisie champions, having turned down the chance to extend a contract which expires at the end of this season.
That’s that, then. Done and dusted. Where Onana ends up next, however, is not quite so certain.
Will Andre Onana leave Ajax for a Premier League club?
“I’ve wanted to talk about this for some time. (Recently) there was an article about me every day. It was Arsenal, then it was Lyon,” Onana reflects.
“I’m there tired of it. The media thinks it should inform me about my own life. I still have a contract with Ajax.”
That’s true. He does still have a contract with Ajax. But not for long.
According to 90Min, Antonio Conte has asked managing director Fabio Paratici to look into a deal that would see Onana join Tottenham Hotspur at some point in 2022.
Spurs are in the market for a new shot-stopper with Hugo Lloris, their long-serving number one, now 35 years of age.
Newcastle United are reported to be interested too. And that’s no surprise, given how Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman have performed between the sticks in Martin Dubravka’s injury-enforced absence.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been tracking Onana for the best part of two years and came close to reaching an agreement with the 25-year-old before snapping up Aaron Ramsdale instead – and what an inspired decision that has proved to be.