Everton could lose some of their best players in the summer transfer window with Amadou Onana, Jordan Pickford and Demarai Gray all linked with a move away. Given Everton’s financial position, they will have to sanction sales to maneuver in the transfer market and sign players to strengthen the squad.
Onana was heavily linked with an exit and his exit was almost guaranteed had EFC suffered relegation. The Toffees manage to keep their Premier League status intact for next season which has widened the door of possibility for Onana staying at the club. However, the club’s unstable economic situation could still see the Belgian leave.
There will be no shortage of takers for the 21 year old who just completed his first season at Goodison Park. EFC signed him from LOSC Lille for £33 million, beating competition from other Premier League sides. Onana instantly impressed and was an important part of Sean Dyche’s midfield trio of Onana, Idrissa Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Chelsea rekindle their interest in Everton midfielder Amadou Onana
Back in January, Chelsea registered interest in the Belgian midfielder. The Blues were looking for an Enzo Fernandez alternative as the negotiations with Benfica for the Argentine seemed to have hit a dead end. Onana rejected the chance of joining Chelsea as he wanted to see Everton through in the relegation battle and not jump ship midway through the season. Even Arsenal had shown interest in the 21 year old.
According to journalist Sacha Tavolieri, the West London club have reignited their interest in Onana. The Toffees are open to selling Onana as they are in urgent need to generate funds and Everton want around £55 million for the Belgian midfielder.
If EFC sell Onana for £55 million, they will make a profit of £22 million after just one year, which can be considered as great business by the club. The Toffees are criticized for poor transfer strategies and bringing players that offer very little resale value but Kevin Thelwell has got it absolutely right this time around.
Onana has been top notch and still has a lot to offer. The midfielder could thrive for teams like Chelsea and could become a valuable asset. If he has made his mind over wanting a move to a bigger club, EFC should take the cash and invest in another midfielder with similar potential to Onana. Everton need to have a feasible financial strategy where they can buy highly promising players for cheap and sell them to elite sides in Europe to make heavy profits.
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