Chelsea are expected to push for the signing of Amadou Onana.
The Blues are now ‘increasingly likely’ to move forward with their pursuit of the Everton midfielder, according to journalist Simon Phillips.
Onana has reportedly expressed his desire to leave Goodison Park, putting the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United on high alert.
The Belgian joined Everton last summer for £33 million and has been a shining star during a very difficult campaign on Merseyside.
While the Toffees are yet to receive any offers for Onana, Chelsea could make a move to sign the 21-year-old in the coming weeks as they look to bolster their midfield with his ‘physical attributes’.
It seems unlikely that Everton will block Onana’s move to Stamford Bridge, though they are eager to make a profit on the midfielder and will demand between £40-50 million for his exit.
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Onana is thought to be keen on a move to Chelsea despite their poor campaign last time out, however the Blues are also said to be prioritising a move for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.
Mauricio Pochettino could still look to bring in two new midfielders following Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante’s departure, though a move for Onana may still come after their pursuit for Caicedo is concluded.
Amadou Onana’s potential exit to Chelsea will hurt but it could be a sensible decision
Amadou Onana rapidly became a fan favourite at Goodison Park, but it would come as no surprise to see him leave after the club’s horrific season.
The Belgian is certainly better than a relegation battle and, if Everton can get a decent fee for him, then it is sensible to allow him to go elsewhere.
It could get messy if the Toffees refused his demands and they can instead accept a hefty fee and reinvest it into their threadbare squad.