Marc Overmars has already handed Arsenal a major transfer boost in race for key summer signing

Marc Overmars has already delivered his verdict on Andre Onana’s future amid Arsenal’s interest in the goalkeeper. understands that the Cameroon shot-stopper is the Gunners’ main target to replace Bernd Leno between the posts this summer.

Leno suffered some disappointing moments during the 2020/21 campaign which has put his position in goal under serious threat.

It looks like Arsenal are keen to replace the German goalkeeper – who is also open to leaving – and have identified Onana as his replacement and Ajax’s stance on their 25-year-old has already been shared.

Overmars, formerly a Gunner but now the Director of Football at the Dutch club, said last month that he expects the goalkeeper to leave Amsterdam this summer.

The former Arsenal winger told NOS: “We have not stopped the negotiations for nothing. I think it is likely that he will leave in the summer.”

Onana was serving a 12-month ban after failing an out-of-competition doping test in October, with the test finding the banned substance Furosemide in his urine sample.

However, the ban has since been reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with Onana now allowed to train from September 4, and can resume playing competitive football on November 4.

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar told the Dutch club’s website: “With this ruling of the CAS we have won three months in comparison to the initial suspension.

“So it was worth it taking this case to the CAS. We stand for a clean sport.

“But I will say again that we are convinced that Andre has taken this substance by accident and certainly not to perform better.

“This is endorsed by all parties, also by the UEFA as is to be concluded from the cases both by the UEFA and the CAS.

“When we told our story, together with Andre and the lawyers from the CAS, I drove off from The Ajax Academy with a good feeling.

“I have mixed feelings about today’s verdict because our aim was that he would be back playing games this summer.”

Prior to the doping ban, Onana, who is valued at £27million on Transfermarkt, featured 20 times for Ajax in the Eredivisie, conceding just 15 goals and keeping nine clean sheets in the process.

However, with just one year remaining on his deal at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the Dutch champions are expected to let him leave the club this summer given past controversies and his contractual situation.

After Onana’s ban, former Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg took over his role in goal and eight clean sheets in 17 games for Ajax in all competitions.

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