Bernd Leno alternative makes Arsenal transfer decision amid goalkeeper’s honest revelation


Andre Onana has turned down the opportunity to join Arsenal and has instead chosen a transfer to Inter Milan.

That is according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, who say that the 25-year-old goalkeeper is set to move to the San Siro when his contract at Ajax expires at the end of the season.

Onana is allowed to negotiate with foreign clubs when the January transfer window opens in just over a months’ time, with his contract in Amsterdam due to reach its conclusion in June 2022.

Arsenal of course signed Aaron Ramsdale over the summer for around £25million and the England goalkeeper has been brilliant since taking Bernd Leno‘s place in Mikel Arteta‘s first-choice XI.

The Germany goalkeeper has not started for the Gunners in the Premier League since the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the end of August, with Ramsdale being virtually an ever-present figure in Arteta’s team since.

Leno opened up on his future at the Emirates Stadium in an interview in April of this year, as the Arsenal shot-stopper admitted that he was “open to everything”.

When asked if talks over a new contract had begun, he said, via Goal: “Not yet and at the moment it is not the time to speak about my future.

“I know that I still have two years left on my contract and I am also 29. For a goalkeeper, that is not too old. I have still got some years to go.



Andre Onana was linked with a summer move to Arsenal. (Photo by Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Andre Onana was linked with a summer move to Arsenal. (Photo by Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

“I am very happy at the club. I do not know what will come in the future, but I am open to everything. Maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal.

“Like I said, I do not think about my future because two years is a long time. At the moment, there are no conversations with the club or anything else.”

Onana, according to reports, looks set to sign for Inter, but there was a time where Leno looked as if he was on his way to the San Siro with Onana his possible replacement in north London, and the German fuelled rumours over his next destination in September when asked specifically about possibly ending up in Milan.

He said to Sport Bild: “London is very beautiful, Milan is not bad either and closer to my home in Stuttgart. But I’m not seriously dealing with that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.

“Only if nothing would change in my situation until winter, I would have to think: ‘What option do I have, how can it continue?’ But I concentrate on the work in training everything else I can not influence today.”

In the same interview, Leno also spoke about losing his place in the side to Ramsdale, saying: “There was no clear rationale as to why I was out (of the team), only that it had nothing to do with my performances.

“He (Arteta) is the coach, he decides. For me, of course, it is difficult. I honestly was not surprised about the signing of Aaron Ramsdale, even though it cost €30m. The sum may seem high in Germany, but here, it is – as strange as it sounds – almost normal.”





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