The Andre Onana transfer story turns up something rather weird.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The Daily Cannon’s bleak headline, “Arsenal still haven’t submitted formal bid for Andre Onana,” certainly suggests Arsenal are not taking this transfer window seriously.

And they are not alone, for that headline reflects a similar one 24 hours earlier from “Pain in the Arsenal” who wrote “Arsenal risk Andre Onana transfer blow with rival interest.”   So we are told, again by the Pain, “Arsenal will have to act fast if they are to secure the signing of Andre Onana this summer transfer window with the results of his appeal against a 12-month doping ban making rival clubs across Europe firm up their interest.”

But hang on, is someone else actually bidding for him?  Well no, not exactly although the Mirror (centre of everything anti-Arsenal at the moment) has run the headline “Andre Onana told to reject Arsenal transfer because he’s already too good for them.”    That advice came from Wesley Sneijder, unemployed of the Netherlands who says he ought to go to Barcelona or Real Mad.  

Now why would he say that?  Could it be because he got really miffed when his team Galatasaray were hammered 4-1 in Europe by Arsenal?  Possibly.  Pics of him that day show him as miserable as sin.  

But someone is feeding the story that “Arsenal, having been strongly linked with a player whom they’ve admired greatly and managed to get fans excited about, could be seen slipping out of their grasp.”

And why is it only Arsenal who “still haven’t” put in a bid?

Could it be that Arsenal are not actually interested in the player at all, but the whole thing is just being talked up by Onana’s agent?

Two days previously, Pain, perhaps sounding more realistic said, “Arsenal so far have been linked with a whole squad worth of players. From Cameroonian goalkeepers to Championship wingers…,”

Yes that’s true.   So when Pain says, “This summer transfer window has been filled with drama since before it even opened as Arsenal’s multitude of links to players have ranged from the left-field to the concrete. Onana, despite not being allowed to kick a ball competitively for what will be nine months, falls under the ‘strong’ category,” that is interesting, because at once we ask, “Strong? Why?”

So, let me give you a few clues about what is really going on starting with an article which appeared on the BBC website back on 6 November 2019.   The article was headed “Cameroon keeper Andre Onana open to Premier League move”

Onana had just annoyed his employers and made himself look somewhat silly by signing a contract while saying,  “It’s always important for me to move on. I am not going to stay here forever but now I am focused, so let’s keep it this way.” Which is not really good PR and didn’t amuse his employers.

The BBC then added that, “Onana has been a target for some top European teams, with recent media reports linking him to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.”   But no one made a move for him.  Why?

Putting these comments together it begins to look like the young man, apart from being rather careless over which pills he takes (he claims the pills that got him banned were ones that his wife was taking and he took one by mistake) either has an active publicist or an active imagination.

Either way the fact that it is impossible to find any source for  the notion of him coming to England, earlier than the fact that he offered himself to England in 2019 in an interview he managed to get with the BBC.  So it looks more and more as if the guy has successfully talked himself up to a large number of English football websites all of whom failed to check if there was any truth in the tale about an English club interest.

Yet it took only five minutes of digging by Untold and its mass team of investigators (ie me) to locate that earlier BBC piece – a piece which puts a new light on the tale.  So let’s consider…

Bernd Leno has played eight times for Germany and 330 times in the top leagues in Germany and England.   He is not banned for drugs offences.

André Onana has played 142 for Ajax and 18 times for Cameroon and is banned until November.  This past season because of his ban he only played 20 first team games.  The season before he only managed 24 league games.

Personally I think that the journalists who have run this story are so keen to knock Arsenal they are willing to run anything they are given, and I also think this time they have been well and truly set up.

Of course they’ll squirm out of it by saying Arsenal could have had him but have been too slow.  But the bloggers having been conned looks more likely.  Do Arsenal really want to sign a player with a drugs record?

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4 Replies to “The Andre Onana transfer story turns up something rather weird.”

  1. But the sad news is we have started our usual way of finding or linking good targets and leave them to sleep off our hands only to come and punish us when we are playing against them. up to when is this going to continuing.

  2. @ Apangu iddi amin

    You have no idea who we are interested in. You have no idea who we have or haven’t yet made an offer for. You will have no idea who we did or didn’t miss out on. Neither do the media.

    Sadly, we have far too many naive “supporters” who are willing to believe the media fairy tales, criticise Arsenal and spread negativity. Supporters support. The clue is in the name!

  3. Apangu iddi amin

    Not sure you’ve really grasped what goes on with these media transfer stories, despite Untold exposing it all for the sham it is year after year.

    By your reckoning, given the 100 plus names we are linked with every transfer window, and given only 3% ever turn out to be true, that’s at least 97 players we let “slip through our hands” every season, and given this nonsense has been going on for over 10 years that’s over a 1000 players we’ve missed out on. Really??

    The media are a bunch of clowns who propagate these transfer stories with the sole intention of agitating and destabilising our fan base, and sadly people like yourself seem to fall for it hook line and sinker.

  4. @Mikey calling people naive because they Wana dream about new signings is bad. Everybody should be allowed to dream through this fantasy world of Transfer, make belive news, pull up or pull down story’s about each and every club and none should be called Naive for wanting their club to buy a Thousand player for just 11 to play.
    Nobody’s knows what’s going on in the inner circle of each club not the beer palour journalists, revenue seeking media or bloggers looking for daily meals, everybody just run news and stories just to fill space,
    Do Arsenal really wanted all those players and yet let them slip through like they tell us every year we will never know cause Edu nor Arteta will come out and tell us the failed to get their targets nor will they tell us they never have such players on their list of potential recruit. So same stick we use to beat the media, jurno, bloggers can be use to beat untold because NOBODY KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE EACH CLUB. We search and dig articles to debunk each news and yet each media can also do likewise. So better we all just enjoying through all and hope the recruiting team make the best decisions for our darling team.
    No matter what happens if we buy a thousand player and keep all present player and gearing up for another roller coaster of a season ahead. Last year is gone and result left behind and looking forward to an unbeaten season until it end in a Yes or No for the team.

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