Wesley Sneijder believes Andre Onana can do better than moving to Arsenal this summer amid transfer interest.
The 25-year-old is close to becoming an Arsenal player, but a fee between the north London club and Ajax is yet to be agreed.
The Gunners have been interested in the Cameroon shot-stopper for some time, with Mikel Arteta keen to bolster his goalkeeping options this summer.
Now, former Ajax and Holland midfielder Sneijder thinks Onana can move to Barcelona or Real Madrid instead of Arsenal.
“I expect him to go,” the Dutchman told Voetbal International Live, relayed by Voetbal Primeur.
“I think he is a great goalkeeper. European top? Yes, definitely.
“I’d rather not see him at Arsenal. It’s a fantastic club, but it has gone downhill in recent years. I’d rather see him play at Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.”
There is some complication with any possible deal for Onana, with the goalkeeper currently serving a 12-month ban, that has recently been reduced to nine.
The Ajax man failed an out-of-competition doping test in October of last year, where it found the banned substance of Furosemide in his urine sample.
After reviewing the case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Onana’s ban, with the Cameroonian now allowed to train from September 4 and then can resume playing competitive football two months later on November 4.
Arsenal want to bolster their goalkeeping options after Leno came under fire somewhat last season with patchy form in between the posts. The German shot-stopper has also been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer.