Barcelona are still hopeful of signing of Ajax goalkeeper André Onana, who has hinted that he has played his last game for the Dutch champions.
Onana joined Barcelona’s youth academy at the age of 14, spending five years in Catalonia before Ajax bought him for £135,000 in 2015, where he has become the club’s undisputed first choice.
The Cameroon international was fundamental to Ajax’s run to the Europa League final in 2017 and their outstanding Champions League campaign last season which saw them reach the semi-final stage for the first time in more than 20 years.
Barcelona’s current first-choice goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is yet to enter contract talks with the club, but Spanish publication Sport have reported that Barça are very keen on strengthening the position with the arrival of Onana.
Ajax are currently demanding €40m for the Cameroonian, who would essentially be Ter Stegen’s back-up. This fee would take Onana into the top five most expensive goalkeepers of all time and for the transfer to be completed, Ajax will need to lower their asking price.
The completion of the deal is also dependent on Barcelona‘s ability to sell the Brazilian Neto, who is Ter Stegen’s current understudy between the sticks.
Onana’s performances in recent seasons have also attracted the interest of Premier League sides Chelsea and Tottenham, but the 24-year-old has admitted he wants a return to Barcelona.
The Ajax number one rejected several advances last summer to remain in the Netherlands, but with his contract expiring in 2022 and no extension in sight, it seems the upcoming window may mark the end of his time in Amsterdam.
Unfortunately for Onana, what may have been his final campaign with Ajax has effectively been erased as the Eredivisie agreed to void the 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus outbreak. Onana had played all but one of the club’s games this year as Ajax sat top of the table when the season was cancelled.