De Telegraaf writes on Monday evening that FC Barcelona has officially enquired about André Onana. They have a swap deal in mind with multiple Barça players but Ajax director of Football Marc Overmars wants to keep the Cameroonian goalkeeper in Amsterdam for another year.
Barça doesn’t want to spend a lot of money this transfer window due to the Coronacrisis. Thus they opted for a swap deal; Onana in exchange for either goalkeeper Neto (30), midfielder Riqui Puig (20) ánd Alex Collado (21) or midfielder Carles Aleñá. Especially Puig and Aleñá are regarded as two big talents of the Barcelona academy.
So far their enquiry got them a solid ‘no’ as an answer. ‘Regardless of whether the suggested players want to move to Amsterdam themselves, Overmars wants to keep Onana and keep him for at least another season (his contract ends the summer of 2020). With Erik ten Hag’s risky way of playing, the goalkeeper is of vital importance and took a lot of points last season, both nationally and internationally. Overmars said to FC Barcelona that he would only consider a transfer if a substantial amount of money is put on the table for the player who travelled the other way (from Barcelona to Ajax) in January of 2015 for a training fee of 300 thousand euros’. de Telegraaf writes.
Not the only interested club
Barcelona isn’t the only club interested in the signature of Ajax’ goalkeeper. PSG, AC Milan, and Borussia Dortmund are also rumoured to be interested in signing him. ‘Overmars can sit back for the time being and wait for developments. The fact that FC Barcelona has put talks with first goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen on the back burner for the time being – the German would like to earn the most after Lionel Messi, about 15 million euros – could set the snowball in effect. If Barça, Borussia Dortmund, and PSG ultimately end up fighting over him, then the price could skyrocket’.
‘If Onana wants to leave at all costs, Ajax can end up in a difficult situation. The board previously promised Onana to cooperate in a transfer if the right price is paid. Initially, this was set at forty to fifty million euros. But in the current situation, thirty million euros sounds like a more realistic price’