Midfielder Amadou Onana has been one of the best players for Everton this season. He has settled in quickly after his £33 million move to Goodison Park in the summer. With the Toffees still far from safety, the danger of Onana leaving continues to loom.
In the summer, Everton decided to fortify their midfield by signing Onana, James Garner and Idrissa Gueye. Signing Onana was seen as a huge coup as the Belgian was lighting up the French Ligue 1 with his performances and was seen as one of the most promising youngsters in the world.
At 21, Onana decided to take the leap and swap the landlocked Lille for the Crosby shores of Liverpool. He straightaway was drafted in the first team and time and again has shown evidence that he is Everton’s best midfielder. He surely has had turbulent spells and games where nothing has come off for him but it is important to remember that he is only 21 and still learning the art.
Everton could lose Amadou Onana in the summer
Sean Dyche’s midfield of Onana, Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure has been working out well as the Toffees now have an athletic, hardworking and a dynamic midfield. Onana’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed as clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal took interest in the Belgian.
In the January transfer window, when Chelsea had hit a stumbling block in the negotiations for Enzo Fernandez and were exploring alternatives, they enquired about Onana. However, the Belgian refused to leave the Toffees in the middle of the season and decided to stick by Everton to help them fight the relegation battle.
According to Football Insider, Everton could lose Onana in the summer if they fail to reach their season objective. If Everton get relegated, they could lose Onana. Chelsea have been looking for another midfielder to partner Fernandez and the 21 year old could strike as an attractive option in the summer.
According to another Football Insider report, EFC are set to demand £70 million for Onana. Arsenal and Chelsea are seen as potential interested parties and a sale could bring in big amounts of cash to the Everton coffers.
Everton’s financial condition is fragile as the club recorded a loss of £44.7 million. Even though the loss is significantly less than £121 million recorded last year, the Toffees sit in a precarious situation. EFC are still not safe from relegation as they sit 18th with 26 points and a drop to the Championship will further hit the finances.
Dyche’s side has shown that they have the drive and commitment that can get them out of this mess but if they fail to do so, losing Onana will be an unfortunate consequence. Possibly, the only upside will be that Everton will get a hefty cheque from his sale.
Will EFC lose Amadou Onana in the summer?