Andre Onana Says He is Ready to Leave Ajax, Opening Wider Door to Barcelona and Chelsea

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Cameroon national team and Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has made popular his wish to leave the Dutch club this summer, opening the door to Barcelona or Chelsea to snatch him up.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move outside the Eredivisie, and his two most likely destinations are Spanish La Liga side Barcelona and Premier League side, Chelsea.

Though Chelsea has been seeking for his signature for a while, Andre Onana is said to be closer to the Nou Camp than Stamford Bridge.

In a recent chat with Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad (AD), Andre Onana revealed that he was ready “to take a step”, meaning that his five years stay at Ajax is over and he is willing to take the next move to another club.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club,” he told AD on Tuesday, April 27, 2020.

“It was five great years here, but now my time has come to take a step. We made that appointment last year.

“I don’t yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear.”

Andre Onana Prefers Barca

Andre Onana
Andre Onana

Onana joined Barcelona in 2010, after starting out at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation. He joined Ajax in 2015. He signed a new contract with Ajax in May 2017, running until 2021. In March 2019 he signed a further new contract, until June 2022.

Onana once mentioned that he would like to return to Barcelona because the club feels like home for him. This means that Onana would want to return to Spain instead of starting afresh in England.

“Barca is my home. If I have to go back, I will go back. But today we are still far from it. I’m the Ajax goalkeeper and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season”, he said.

“I only take care of the ball game, what happens at the stadium. The rest are my agents who manage.”

From all indications, Andre Onana might not wait until 2022 before he takes the next good deal and leaves Ajax. But can he last up to 5 years in a league as big as the Premier League or Spanish La Liga? Only time will tell.