Arsenal and Edu sent major message over ‘excellent’ target amid £16.2m transfer gamble – Football.London

Former Arsenal target Andre Onana has been hailed as an ‘excellent’ goalkeeper in comparison to current Gunners’ stopper Bernd Leno.

The future of both goalkeepers remains up in the air, even with the transfer window now shut.

Leno, who is valued at £16.2million by transfermarkt, has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium following the summer arrival of Aaron Ramsdale. That has led to suggestions that the German could be shown the exit door sooner rather than later, with Inter Milan emerging as a viable candidate for his services.

Meanwhile, Onana is out of contract with current employers Ajax at the end of the campaign, having been linked with a switch to Arsenal throughout the summer. A move failed to come to fruition and intriguingly, he has also been linked with a move to the reigning Serie A champions.

It remains to be seen whether the Gunners retain an interest in the former Barcelona youngster, especially after their considerable investment in Ramsdale. It would certainly be an intriguing prospect should Leno depart, however.

Onana has certainly been given his backing by former Inter goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi, who suggests that he ranks the Cameroonian above Leno.

Talking to CMIT TV, he said: “I prefer him [Onana] to Leno, he is the modern goalkeeper.

“He plays very well with his feet and in this respect he is excellent, I’ve followed him a lot and I must say that even in the interpretation of the role he is very intelligent.”

Castellazzi continued: “He [Onana] has great athleticism, he is young and can be an important alternative to Handanovic because he represents the prototype of today’s goalkeeper – not only between the posts, but he also knows to manage other situations.”

Onana, 25, is still yet to return to competitive action due to his ban for doping allegations and has also been linked with a return to Barcelona, who could reportedly make an effort to bring him back to the Camp Nou.

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