Arsenal interested in Onana amidst appeals of innocence to doping accusations
ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 31: Andre Onana of Ajax during warming-up during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and Ajax at Afas Stadion on January 31, 2021 in Alkmaar, Netherlands (Photo by Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Arsenal have opened talks with Eredivisie giants Ajax over a potential move for keeper Andre Onana.

The Gunners are eyeing a cut-price of just £7 million for the Cameroon international after his doping scandal. Onana was valued at £25 million last summer amidst interests from Chelsea.

Ajax have decided to sell the twenty-five-year-old since talks for a contract extension at the club have failed and his contract comes to an end next summer.

Onana was banned from competitive football for one year after he tested positive for Furosemide and has not played since 31 January.

Onana and Ajax have been battling the case together, taking it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where Onana appealed the ruling to ban him from playing because he took his wife’s medication by mistake.

Reports had emerged that the ban could be reduced to eight months enabling the Gunners to include him in the early stages of next season’s campaign if they manage to sign him.

Onana made 27 appearances for Ajax last season before his ban, which led to veteran Maarten Stekelenburg taking over his role, thus contributing towards the club being crowned Eredivisie champions.

Onana was also a part of the Ajax squad that made it to the UEFA Champions League semi-final in the 2018-2019 season.

Arsenal are looking for someone to give Bernd Leno competition for the number one keeper spot as he has been shaky at times. The club also needs an upgrade as a backup to keeper Alex Runarsson.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was also interested in Brentford’s David Raya but their promotion to the Premier League has thwarted his chance to sign him.

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Arsenal are also in talks over a potential move for Norwich’s Emi Buendia but face stiff competition from Aston Villa as they weigh options to potentially replace Jack Grealish who is on the radar of several top clubs.

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