Manchester United hold discussions for £33.5m Everton man as Sofyan Amrabat alternative

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Everton are closing in on the third transfer as Youssef Chermiti has arrived from Portugal and is set to undergo medicals at Merseyside. The attention could now shift to outgoings as Everton midfielder Amadou Onana continues to attract interest from Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United.

The Belgian signed for Everton last summer as the Toffees beat a host of interested clubs and won the race for the midfielder. Arriving for a price tag of £33.5 million including add-ons, Onana has proven his mettle and has lived up to the expectations. He is one of the most promising young midfielders in the league and has played an important role in Sean Dyche’s midfield.

Although his deal runs at Goodison Park till 2027, Onana started attracting interest in less than six months after his move to Merseyside. In January 2023, Chelsea and Arsenal enquired about the Belgian midfielder with CFC also ready to offer £50 million for the 21 year old. The former LOSC Lille midfielder rejected the advances from Chelsea and decided to help Everton in the relegation battle.

Manchester United hold internal discussions for Everton midfielder Amadou Onana

This summer too, Onana has been on the wish list of Chelsea and Manchester United. Onana is viewed as one of the alternatives for Moises Caicedo by Chelsea. Ten Hag’s United are determined to bring Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina but are readying a backup plan if they fail to sign the Moroccan this summer.

According to Mirror, MUFC have identified two midfielders as alternatives to Amrabat. Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams is one of the names being considered. Everton’s Onana is the second midfielder that has been internally discussed as per the report.

United have signed Rasmus Hojlund, Andre Onana and Mason Mount this summer and are looking to bolster their engine room by signing a combative midfielder and Onana fits the bill. At this point, their priority remains Amrabat but a failure to sign the Moroccan could see them turn to the Everton man.

Onana will be an integral part of Dyche’s team next season and if he departs, EFC must make sure that they make a big profit on his sale which could be further used to bring in his replacement and carry out other transfers. If Onana does end up staying at Goodison Park, the former Burnley boss will continue to field a midfield three of Idrissa Gueye, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Onana.

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