KEY POINTS

  • Andre Onana’s move to Inter Milan next summer is almost done deal
  • Ajax boss not raising hopes of keeping Onana once his contract runs out in July 2022
  • Onana keeping himself in shape despite the UEFA doping ban meted on him

Goalkeeper Andre Onana is more likely to end up playing for a new team next summer unless a credible offer is made in the coming months. He has not seen action this year due to a UEFA ban, and Inter Milan is reportedly the team likely to end up with the Cameroonian.

The Eredivisie is aware that the 25-year-old could leave in July 2022 for free if no decent offers are on the table, Goal reported. Onana is in the final year of his deal and the Cameroonian has rejected contract extension offers pitched to him.

“We’ve been very clear. We have been trying to extend his contract for some time. That has not worked out then you allow for him to make a transfer in this past window, that also didn’t work out,” Marc Overmars, Ajax director of football, stated on the team’s official Twitter account.

Arsenal had its sights on Onana but all that went up in smoke after they took in Aaron Ramsdale in August. The Gunners made an initial payment of £24 million ($33.24 million) to Sheffield United for the 23-year-old goalkeeper’s services, The Athletic reported.

However, Ramsdale could get more money from the Gunners if certain clauses are met. He could earn as much as £30 million ($41.6 million) if these are satisfied.

Before the Ramsdale signing, most were hoping for Arsenal to sign Onana who was available for a cheaper £5 million ($6.9 million) at the time. But Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta opted for Ramsdale who has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League.

The move paves the way for Inter Milan to emerge as the frontrunner for the Cameroon shot-stopper. I Nerazzurri is still very interested in the Cameroonian and Onana has already expressed to Ajax his desire to leave Johan Cruyff Arena, Corriere dello Sport reported.

Overmars was asked about the possibility of Onana changing his mind about staying with Ajax. While anything can happen, the Ajax director is not holding out much hope for it.

"You never know in football. But I have to say that, at the moment, I don't see that happening,” Overmars stated. “It's possible but at a certain point it still has to be for a decent sum of money. Otherwise, as I said, we have to go our separate ways. If the offer is not enough, then he'll leave in July for free."

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