'Barcelona Is My Home,' Goalkeeper Discusses Potential Transfer
Andre Onana, the goalkeeper for Ajax, will leave the Eredivisie club on a free transfer at the end of the season and has expressed interest in returning to his former club Barcelona.
The 25-year-old left the Camp Nou for Ajax in 2015, but has told Diario Sport's Adria Fernandez that he is still in contact with the Catalan giants and would love to return.
When asked if Barca is his first choice, he said, "Obviously. It is my home and I grew up there. If it is Barandccedil;a, it will be Barandccedil;a."
"I keep in touch with Barandccedil;a; I've had a great relationship with them since I left; Barandccedil;a is my home, and there have always been contacts."
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Other clubs have expressed interest in Onana, but he has yet to decide where his future lies.
He did, however, state that he wants to join a club where he can play on a regular basis.
"We have several teams, but we haven't chosen one yet," he explained, "because you never know what can happen in this position because football is unpredictable."
"We're waiting to see which project we like best, but it's also important to consider the sporting aspect, as Barandccedila remains one of the world's "tops," and I want to play every week, which is why I value sports."
The goalkeeper has also been linked with a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan, but he has vehemently denied that a deal has been reached.
"They talk about many other things," he continued, "and they obviously talk about Arsenal and Barandccedila." "At the moment, there is nothing. The press is a part of my life."
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Joan Laporta is said to have met with Mino Raiola to discuss transfers.
Among the players represented by the agent are Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus, and Paul Pogba of Manchester United.
According to Sergi Graell of Diario Sport, the two men met in Italy on Monday, December 13 and discussed Pogba, Xavi Simons, and Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui.
Barca "wishes" to sign Haaland, and Raiola has been informed that the striker is the Catalans' top priority.
However, due to the club's ongoing financial difficulties, the transfer will be difficult.
Barca could still get a financial boost before the winter transfer window closes.
According to Albert Masnou of Diario Sport, the club is "advancing in negotiations with investment fund CVC" to agree on a deal that could bring cash into the Camp Nou.
By offloading some of the club's unwanted players, such as Samuel Umtiti or Philippe Coutinho, in the January window, Laporta could raise funds and make room on the wage bill to strengthen in the summer.
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