Ajax Boss Admits André Onana Could Be Sold 'for the Right Price' Amid Barcelona, Chelsea & Tottenham Interest

May 4, 2020, 11:40 AM GMT+1
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Ajax manager Erik ten Haag has conceded that coveted goalkeeper André Onana could be sold for 'the right price' when the summer transfer window eventually opens.

Onana has moved into the sights of Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks, with the former seeking backup for indisputable no.1 Marc-André ter Stegen and the latter searching for a replacement for the seemingly unreliable Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Spurs are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

The 24-year-old has been mightily impressive this season, keeping 15 clean sheets in just 37 appearances in all competitions before the Dutch top-flight was voided last month.

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That form has drawn plenty of interest, and Ten Haag has admitted that although the Amsterdam club has not yet received any offers, the Cameroon international could be sold to the 'right club' for the 'right price' - although he could be available for just £25m.

Chelsea have already secured the signature of one Ajax star ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, with Hakim Ziyech agreeing a £36m switch to west London from De Godenzonen, while Onana already has ties in Catalonia having come through the Blaugrana's famed La Masia academy.

Onana signed a one-year contract extension just last year - tying him to the club until 2022 - but it was agreed that if a club expressed an interest in his services in the summer of 2020, Ajax would cooperate.

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Speaking to Dutch publication AD, Ten Haag said: "Andre is very important to us and of course we don’t want to lose him, but it’s true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario and what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price.

"As far as I know, no concrete offer has been made to Ajax."

The player himself admitted last week that he is ready to take the next 'step' in his career, having spent more than five years at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

He revealed: "Don't get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club. It was five great years here. But now my time has come to take a step.

"We made that appointment last year. I do not yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear. ''

Just 24 years old, Onana has potentially more than a decade of his career left ahead of him - a worthwhile potential investment for any one out of Barça, Chelsea and Spurs.

The English clubs could be left disappointed, however, after Onana revealed his desire to return to Catalonia last month. The one thing that could play in their favour is the offer of first-team football in London.

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