SPORT NEWS; Ajax Goalkeeper Onana Open To Barcelona Return Amid PSG Interest (L’Equipe)


Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has not ruled out the possibility of returning to Barcelona amid reports that PSG are interested in his services.

According to L’Equipe, the Parisians are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old Cameroon International, but such a move could be complicated by the presence of Kaylor Navas, his understudy Sergio Rico, on loan from Sevilla and Alphonse Areola, on loan at Navas’ former club Real Madrid.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Onana, with regular goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future also a topic of speculation.

“It’s hard to say because with FC Barcelona, I am still in very good relations with the president, the coaches,” Onana told Canal+ Afrique.

“As I said earlier, Barca is my home. If I have to go back, I will go back. But today we are still far from it. I’m the Ajax goalkeeper and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.

“I only take care of the ball game, what happens at the stadium. The rest are my agents who manage.”

Onana started out his career at youth level with Barcelona in 2010 before moving to Ajax in 2014 where he has been the mainstay since the 2016-17 season, playing 178 times in all competitions and keeping 74 clean sheets.

He was a key figure in Ajax’s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2018-19 season.

Barcelona meanwhile are continuing to negotiate a new contract with their current first choice goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Sources close to the Catalan outfit revealed to Goal last month that Ter Stegen is looking to land an annual salary of around €15 million a year (£13m/$17m). That wage packet would position him among the top earners at Camp Nou, with only captain Lionel Messi above him.

The 27-year-old believes that, after six years with the club, he deserves to have pay parity with the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and former favourite Andres Iniesta. Barca are not questioning his value to their cause, but they cannot afford to dig that deep when Financial Fair Play regulations are taken into account.

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