Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has ruled out Andre Onana signing a new contract with the club, amid strong interest from Inter.
Onana’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and it looks increasingly likely that he will depart for free in the summer. The goalkeeper is currently serving a doping ban, but he will be back in contention as of 4 November when it expires.
Ajax stood by Onana when he was handed the punishment and the club have been attempting to tie him down to a longer contract in recent times. However, Overmars has now confirmed that the club have given up hope of retaining him beyond this season.
“We are not currently working on contract extension, no,” Overmars told Ziggo Sport (via VI).
“We tried, but it didn’t work. You make choices and then it has to come from both sides. We didn’t feel like he really wanted to. I read somewhere that we pulled the plug and that’s right. We do that for a reason….We have gone further. We hope that [Jay] Gorter will take steps.”
Overmars went on to reveal that Ajax would only sell Onana in January for the right price, otherwise he will depart for free in the summer.
As per Fabrizio Romano, Inter are leading the race for the stopper and are close to reaching an agreement for his arrival as a free transfer at the end of the season. The move makes sense as the Nerazzurri’s current starting goalkeeper is Samir Handanovic, who turns 38 next July.
In the past, Onana has been linked with a long list of European clubs including Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea. However, barring any late developments, he should become an Inter player.