Everton planning to sell midfield asset to raise funds

Merseysiders Everton are in a financially precarious situation and hence might be forced to sell some of their players to stabilise the club.
Amadou Onana has helped Everton to dominate setpieces.
Amadou Onana has helped Everton to dominate setpieces. / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages

Sean Dyche did a remarkable job guiding Everton to Premier League safety this season. But now he may be forced to part with one of his key players who helped him avoid relegation to the Championship.

Amadou Onana put on the transfer list by Everton

According to reports from HITC, the Merseyside club are looking to sell their star midfielder Amadou Onana due to financial constraints. They have sounded out various intermediaries over a possible sale.

This season Everton faced a points deduction for failing to comply with the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). To avoid a repeat of the situation next season they will have to sell players and raise enough money before June 30. Everton prefer to sell Onana over their two most prized possessions Pickford and Branthwaite. The delay in the club takeover by 777 Partners is also forcing Everton's hands to sell.

The Toffees value the Belgium midfielder at more than £50 million. He has been the subject of interest from various clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, and Newcastle United. Of these clubs, Arsenal seem to be the most interested. But no bid has been made so far. The Gunners would like to assess the situation of their other midfield targets like Martin Zubimendi and Bruno Guimaraes before making a move for Onana.

Amadou Onana was rewarded for his club form with a place in the Belgium squad for Euro 2024. A promising performance in the tournament might attract further interest in the player and slightly raise his value. The former Lille midfielder recently admitted that he will try to put in a positive display at the Euros to enable a move to a bigger club this summer.

"At previous tournaments you have seen that the players who did well moved up to the top clubs. That is something I strive for. I feel like presenting myself to the European top and showing what I have to offer. This European Championship is a stage."

Amadou Onana

Onana made 37 appearances in all competitions for Everton last season and scored three goals. He has helped Everton to stop opposition attacks and protect their defence. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches he also offers an excellent aerial threat. No wonder Everton had scored the second most goals from setpieces last season.