Eredivisie shot-stopper told to ignore Arsenal interest
Dutch icon Wesley Sneijder has urged Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana not to join Arsenal, saying the north Londoners have ‘slipped’ in recent years, and feels the star should be playing for a European giant.
The Cameroon international is set to leave Amsterdam this summer and has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in a bargain deal, with Onana having just one year left on his current deal.
Andre is also ineligible to play until November because of a doping ban, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport announcing this week that his appeal had been partially successfully and the star’s ban reduced from 12 months to nine.
Arsenal could sign Andre for around £5 million, but Wesley – who came through the Ajax youth sector before moving to Real Madrid – believes a transfer to one of Spain’s big two would be a better fit.
‘I expect him to leave. I think he is a great goalkeeper. One of the top in Europe? Yes, certainly,’ he told Veotbal International Live on Friday.
‘I’d rather not see him at Arsenal. It’s a great club, but they have slipped in recent years. I’d rather see him play at Real Madrid or Barcelona.’
Mikel Arteta is said to be ready to sell Bernd Leno and bring in the player as his replacement, with the keeper seen as a better fit for the brand of football – namely playing out from the defence – he wants Arsenal to play.
He was personally recommended by goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana, who knows Onana from their time together at Barcelona’s academy.