Ajax may be one of the most storied names in European football, but they have grown accustomed to selling key players every summer.
Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong left for pastures new before the current campaign. Justin Kluivert was the big-name departure 12 months earlier. And Hakim Ziyech has already agreed to join Chelsea ahead of next term.
The Morocco international is unlikely to be the only man to leave the Johan Cruyff Arena behind. According to the Daily Mirror, Andre Onana is also on his way out of Amsterdam, with Chelsea and Tottenham among his suitors.
The two London clubs face competition from elsewhere. The French-speaking Cameroon international would reportedly favour a move to PSG. Barcelona have also been linked to a player who spent five years on their books as a teenager.
It is no surprise to see such interest in one of Europe’s brightest goalkeeping prospects. The 24-year-old Onana has played 178 games for Ajax but is still in the infancy of his career given his position.
Born in central Cameroon in 1996, Onana joined Barcelona before his 14th birthday. He came to the La Liga giants’ attention through the Samuel Eto’o Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up by the former Barca striker.
Onana never played a competitive game for the Blaugrana. He joined Jong Ajax, the club’s reserve team, in 2015. A season filled with impressive performances persuaded Peter Bosz to promote the goalkeeper to the senior squad the following year.
Despite being just 20 years old, Onana played 46 times for Ajax in 2016/17. He helped Bosz’s side reach the Europa League final, where they were beaten by Manchester United.
Onana retained the No.1 jersey the following season, which saw Bosz replaced by Erik ten Hag at the turn of the year.
Ten Hag proceeded to win the Eredivisie title and guide Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League during his first full season in charge.
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