Arsenal boosted as goalkeeper target rejects move at the final hurdle

Goalkeeper Andre Onana has rejected a move to Lyon with the belief that he will join a bigger club instead, with Inter Milan and Arsenal also linked.

The Cameroonian international is currently under a playing ban, and will only be allowed to return to action in November, after ‘mistakenly’ taking furosemide, and ban which was initially 12 months in February, before being reduced on appeal.

The Ajax shot-stopper looks set to leave the Dutch giants inside the next 12 months when his current contract expires, and was most recently believed to be closing in on a move to Lyon this summer, but Onana is now claimed to have reneged on that deal.

De Telegraaf insist that he has rejected the move with the belief that he can join a better club instead.

While the Italian champions appear to be the most likely destination, Arsenal are believed to be very-much in the hunt for a new goalkeeper, with no back-up option in the squad at present, and with serious doubts about Bernd Leno’s commitment to staying on with the club.

Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Johnstone have been the most strongly linked since the Onana rumours had died down, but neither strike me as options to challenge Leno for the first-team role or takeover from the German should he leave, while the former Barcelona academy star would likely be a cheaper option, as well as a more proven addition if we could pull it off.

Do Arsenal need to stop dilly-dallying and make our move for Onana?


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  1. We are not serious… This guy would cost 7m… A bargain, a way to repair the mistake of last year… the club must act. There is absolutely no guarantee and no sign that Leno will extend next summer. So if he does not we are in the market next summer lol…. it is a pain in the ass so i easily see us overpaying him to make hom agree a new deal… IMO they should sign now onana on a 5 years contract so we are good for 3 years.

  2. Great keeper at a bargain price, it’s a no-brainer for me.

    So what he cant play until November, Leno can handle it until then. Once Onan arrives, give him sporadic time, increase with December games, and start to phase Leno to a number 2 until he’s sold in the Summer.

  3. Should sign him right away! This is the goalkeeper we need if Arteta wants to play attacking football. Can bring another one next season if Leno wants to leave.

  4. My god yesterday L’équipe published an article saying that Lyon and Ajax had agreed a 6M plus bonuses deal today De Telegraaf he’s going to Inter what the heck!

    1. Who knows what to believe, siamois!
      Look at all this Maddison talk.. one minute we’re in for him, the next Leicester say none of their top players will leave this summer as they’re all happy at the King Power!
      It’s becoming boring now and tbh I can’t wait for it to close! Sheesh!

  5. If Arsenal are serious with Onana November is not far. But really, he is not exceptional from what I have seen but would be a good competition for Leno. And he is cheap. I guess Arsenal are considering English home grown because of a resale value.

  6. I think we will get him in January when he will be on a free and we can give him a big signing on bonus. Hopefully Leno won’t make too many rickets by then!

    1. Declan, out of curiosity, how many mistakes do you think Leno made last season?

      On the article, we should sign him ASAP.

      1. I may be have been harsh ken but my heart is in my mouth every time he try’s to play out from the back. Good shot stopper, not great command of his area and decision making passing to defenders close to him is suspect in my opinion.

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