Arsenal face series rivals for the signature of Andre Onana after Inter Milan reportedly entered the fray.
Onana seems almost certain to leave Ajax with his contract up next summer.
The Amsterdam-based club were desperately trying to get the goalkeeper signed up to a new deal.
But speaking to Dutch outlet Voetbal International (via the Sun), Ajax chief Marc Overmars recebtly delivered a decisive update on Onana’s future.
Overmars said: “We tried, but it didn’t work.
“You make choices and then it has to come from both sides. We didn’t feel like he really wanted to.
“I read somewhere that we pulled the plug and that’s right. We do that for a reason.”
The 25-year-old is currently in a state of limbo as he serves the final two months of his doping ban. That suspension concludes on November 4 and a number of clubs, including Arsenal, have been mentioned as suitors.
Now though Inter Milan are willing to pay a small transfer fee to Ajax in order to land the player during the January window, writes Calciomercato.
Inter are looking for competition for Samir Samir Handanovic and believe landing Onana in January would provide the Cameroon stopped with an important learning experience.
Inter have got visions of Onana becoming their number one, but want him to learn from 37-year-old Samir Handanovic, whose contract expires in 2022.
The player himself had confirmed interest in him is fierce.
He said last month: “There are fifteen clubs that want me on a free transfer in the summer of 2022. Rumors that I already have an agreement with another club are not true.”
Bernd Leno exit talk
Arsenal are believed to be looking to offload German goalkeeper Bernd Leno either in January or next summer, as they do not want to lose him for free in 2023, the final year of his contract.
Leno has admitted he may look to move on if he continues to sit on the bench. And he did that once again during Saturday’s draw with Brighton.
“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things: what option do I have, how can I continue? I’m concentrating on my work in training; I can’t commit to anything else at the moment,” said Leno last week.
That would leave Mikel Arteta looking for a replacement and, as per The Times, the Gunners are keen.
However, the Gunners’ offer must have been turned down and Onana stayed put. But with his ban close to being served, Arsenal are expected to register their interest once again.