Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper André Onana was first seriously linked with Chelsea just two weeks after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s benching earlier this year. Since then, the rumors have only evolved, adding greater weight behind the 24-year-old’s exit, and adding more options for his next destination.
The latest to confirm his impending exit is Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag.
“André is very important to us and of course we don’t want to lose him, but it’s true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario and what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price.”
This agreement was also mentioned last week by the player himself, after a few rumors emerged about him possibly staying in Amsterdam. Clearly, that’s not happening, especially as Onana remains one of the more reasonably priced options in a market full of unknowns thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The “right price” mentioned by Ten Hag is believed to be around £25m, which is quite fair for a player of Onana’s ability and experience. Although thus far, there have been no concrete offers made.
“As far as I know, no concrete offer has been made to Ajax.”
-Erik ten Hag; source: Algemeen Dagblad via Goal
Given all the uncertainties about the market and football in general, there’s no huge rush to get this deal done for any club, even if Onana would probably like to have his future sorted sooner rather than later.