Andre Onana is close to becoming an Arsenal player with the prospect of a deal looking positive.
Whilst a fee is yet to be agreed between the Gunners and the goalkeeper’s current employers Ajax, football.london understands that Onana is Arsenal’s main goalkeeping target and will be brought in to replace Bernd Leno.
Arsenal’s interest has been well known for some time with Mikel Arteta reportedly keen to bolster his goalkeeping options ahead of next season.
Bernd Leno’s future is still slightly uncertain whilst Mat Ryan has returned to Brighton & Hove Albion following his loan spell at the Emirates Stadium came to an end.
The only problem that awaits the Gunners is the fact that the Cameroon international is currently serving a 12-month ban from football due to breaking doping guidelines.
Onana has appealed that ban in an effort to get it reduced with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and it’s likely that his move will come in January or next summer if it is upheld.
He maintains that his breach was an error.
“Everything was the result of a human mistake,” Onana said.
“Everyone knows that I lead a very healthy life, and since I started my sporting career, I have always been strongly against any use of doping and I condemn any unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I have no need to resort to doping to further enhance my sporting career.”
The outcome of that appeal process is set to decide how much the Gunners will be forced to pay for his signature.
As it stands, Onana cannot play until February, with his contract with Ajax set to expire next summer, but there remains a chance that the ban could be reduced.
Should he have his ban upheld, it is logical that the Gunners would certainly not have to pay as much as they otherwise would have done.
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Before his ban, Onana had developed the reputation of one of the most exciting young stoppers in Europe.
The 25-year-old broke through with the Dutch giants in 2016 and has gone on to make 204 appearances in the time since.
He has won two Eredivisie titles with the club and has gone on to make 18 appearances for national side Cameroon.