Ajax Amsterdam CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Edwin Van Der Sar has described Cameroon national team shot stopper Andre Onana as a great goalkeeper amidst the transfer links involving him and Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan. Edwin Van Der Sar talked about Onanaamidst the reported interest from Inter in a chat with Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
Dutchman Van Der Sar said it’s sad that Onana can’t play in a professional game until the start of next month as a result of the doping ban slammed on him. Ajax CEO Edwin Van Der Sar also had good things to say about Italian football as he paid glowing tribute to Atalanta manager GianPeroGasperini and the fantastic job that he has done at the club.
Ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Onana has some months left on his existing contract and if reports in the media are anything to consider, Inter Milan are in pole position to sign him.
Onana was initially slammed with a one-year ban when he tested positive to a banned substance. The ban was reduced upon his appeal earlier in the summer meaning that he can start to play competitive football once again as from the third of next month. The goalkeeper has always maintained that he tested positive for a banned substance after he mistakenly took drugs meant for his wife.
A lot of clubs wanted to sign Onana in this summer’s transfer window including Premier League giants Arsenal but the transfer news of a move to the Emirates Stadium has cooled down after the club splashed the cash to sign homegrown shot stopper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in August.
England national team player Ramsdale has been in very good form since the Gunners agreed an initial fee of £24m for him plus £6m in add-ons to secure his signature. Since he signed for the Gunners, Ramsdale has displaced German goalkeeper Bernd Leno as the first choice. Englishman Ramsdale has played six times for Ramsdalein all competitions since he signed for the Gunners including five games in the Premier League.