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André Onana confirms intention to leave Ajax, as agent woos Barcelona

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In-demand goalkeeper set to test the market

Chelsea FC v AFC Ajax: Group H - UEFA Champions League Photo by Visionhaus

It’s unclear if André Onana’s latest quotes are in direct response to the will-he, won’t-he stories making the rounds this week, but let’s assume that they are not unrelated at the very least.

While some rumors have claimed recently that Ajax remain confident in holding on to the in-demand €35m-rated goalkeeper, the overall narrative is expecting the opposite — and Chelsea are front and center for most of those rumors. As usual, nothing’s clear and everything’s possible.

Onana seems pretty clear about his own intentions however.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club. It was five great years here. But now my time has come to take a step. We made that agreement last year. I do not yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear. ’

-André Onana; source: AD

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has also confirmed that the club had made that promise to the 24-year-old goalkeeper. The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed a lot of things already (including the cancelation of the 2019-20 Eredivisie season), but a promise is a promise, even in a pandemic.

“Andre is very important to us, of course we don’t want to lose him. But it is true that agreements were made last year. About the development picture and a possible step if the right club and price comes along. As far as I know, no concrete offer has been made to Ajax.

-Erik ten Hag; source: AD

Whether a concrete offer will ever arrive from Chelsea is unclear. The most recent status update appears to point towards Kepa Arrizabalaga getting another chance to live up to his price tag, which could dissuade Onana from considering the possibility.

His agent seems to be wooing Barcelona most of all.

“There is a lot of movement around Andre. Barcelona has not yet made an official offer at Ajax, but have seriously expressed the far-reaching interest with me. The current situation in Barcelona also plays a role of course. The club has to make financial concessions, so have also suggested to involve current Barcelona goalkeepers in the deal.”

-Albert Botines; source: AD

This one could get interesting.