Amadou Onana is allegedly unhappy at Everton and wants to leave this summer.
Flemish-based newspaper Het Nieuwsblad has reported that the midfielder is eager to leave Goodison Park after only one season.
Onana joined the Toffees for £33 million last summer and he has been one of their few standout players in a disastrous campaign that saw them narrowly avoid relegation.
The 21-year-old has received plenty of praise from the media for his performances in the top flight, with former striker Darren Bent labelling him outstanding after their shock win over Arsenal in February.
It was only a few weeks ago that journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that Onana could stay at the club beyond the transfer window.
Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, he said: “I think Everton have a chance to keep the player, it’s not going to be easy, but they have a chance because he really loves the club.”
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However, it now appears the Belgian has changed his mind and is eager to leave.
Onana is already said to be a target for Chelsea, with Sacha Tavolieri revealing that the two parties had opened discussions over a £55 million move last week.
Everton are in urgent need of profits if they are to bolster their squad this summer, so they may choose to cash in on Onana if he doesn’t want to stay at Goodison Park.
Everton may have to cut their losses on Amadou Onana deal
In an ideal world, Everton would have kept hold of Amadou Onana for another season and they could have built their squad around him.
However, if the Belgium international is truly unhappy then the club shouldn’t stand in his way.
Fans already complain about players not playing for the shirt and rightly so – and they certainly don’t want players on Merseyside if they don’t want to be there.
While the Toffees may have to lower their asking price for Onana, they will certainly make profit on the 21-year-old and they will reap the benefits if they can spend it wisely.