Ajax's Onana reveals 15 offers, slams Van der Sar over contract truth
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Ajax's Onana reveals 15 offers, slams Van der Sar over contract truth

Andre Onana has been linked with a move to Arsenal several times now, and he is now claiming that he has had 15 offers on the table for his services.

The 25-year-old is currently serving the remaining two months of his drug punishment and is in limbo. Indeed, the Cameroonian international was suspended after taking his wife's medicine by accident.

Following the February decision, Onana was facing a 12-month suspension, but it was reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. As a result, he will be able to play again in November.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Onana opened up on his situation at Ajax and attempts to get a new contract.

“In 2019 I extended my contract until the summer of 2022 and after the Champions League semi-final I said I was open to an even longer contract,” he said.

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“[Ajax chief executive] Edwin van der Sar and [director of football] Marc Overmars decided not to go into that, because that transfer period or the summer after that would be time for me to take a new step.

“After the start of the corona pandemic and because of my suspension, the club still wanted to meet. I understood that. My agent Albert Botines then had six or seven conversations and he felt we were close to an agreement.

“But at a certain point, it was take it or leave it for Ajax. The club has pulled the plug. Look it up on the internet: we were open to further discussions. We haven’t heard anything from Ajax since then.”

As for where the goalkeeper could go next, he opened up on a failed move to French club Lyon this summer, saying he had “many conversations” with the Ligue 1 club’s manager, Peter Bosz, but ultimately could not find an agreement. He also held talks with Nice.

Lyon in advanced talks with Ajax goalkeeper André Onana

He added: “There are fifteen clubs that want me on a free transfer in the summer of 2022. Rumors that I already have an agreement with another club are not true.

“Isn’t it logical that I first offer Ajax the chance to start the conversation? Albert Botines will soon be coming to Amsterdam and then I’ll hear about it. I just want to focus on my return. But anything is possible. Let Ajax and my agent quickly sit down and see what happens.”

Arsenal are apparently planning to sell German goalkeeper Bernd Leno in January or next summer in order to avoid losing him for free in 2023, his contract's final year.

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