The 25-year-old Cameroon international hasn’t played for his club since January after a drugs test found banned substance furosemide in his urine sample but he’s hopeful that an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, set for tomorrow, will see his suspension reduced.
Onana claims he mistook his wife’s medication for aspirin and says the ban is “excessive and disproportionate.”
While UEFA accepts the player wasn’t trying to gain an unfair sporting advantage they made clear when dishing out his punishment that “an athlete has a duty of care at all times to ensure that no banned substances enter the body.”
So, why might Arsenal be interested in a guy who is sidelined?
With Mat Ryan returning to Brighton and question marks over Bernd Leno’s future, Mikel Arteta is known to be after at least one keeper this summer. Moreover, as a result of his current circumstances, Onana is likely to be available at a knock-down price.
If he has to sit things out for another seven months, he might only cost a couple of million pounds. If he has his sentence reduced, he’ll still be available for between £6 to 9 million.
Given his age, experience and pedigree, a punt on his long-term value seems to be something we’re weighing up. Of course, we’re not alone. Manchester United and PSG are also circling.