Manchester United have been warned that they will have to pay at least £50m to sign Amadou Onana from Everton this summer as they look for midfield options ahead of transfer deadline day.
The Red Devils have already made three signings this summer including a midfielder, with Mason Mount joining the club from Chelsea in a deal worth £55m.
However, they remain on the hunt for further additions, with Brazilian midfielder Fred having joined Turkish side Fenerbahce and Scott McTominay thought to be free to leave should his £40m price tag be met, while youngster Kobbie Mainoo suffered an injury in pre-season that will rule him out for several weeks.
Erik ten Hag is keen to add more firepower in the middle of the pitch, and had reportedly earmarked Sofyan Amrabat as one option, with Fiorentina thought to be willing to part ways with the Moroccan for around 30m euros this summer.
However, Atletico Madrid are also thought to be keen on the 26-year-old, which has led to the Red Devils exploring other options.
One of those is Everton’s Amadou Onana. The Belgian has impressed in his 12 months at Goodison Park, and was even linked with moves to Chelsea and Arsenal in the January transfer window, though the two clubs have seemingly since looked elsewhere with Arsenal signing Declan Rice and Chelsea closing in on a move for Moises Caicedo.
Now, the Guardian claim that United have ‘approached Everton about a deal’ after Ten Hag ‘turned his focus to bringing in a commanding central midfielder’ but have been warned it won’t come cheap.
They add that ‘the club hope to hold on to the 21-year-old for at least another year’ and that ‘it would take at least a bid of £50m to convince Everton to sell’, with the Toffees having widely-known financial issues.
However, still just 21-years-old and already one of the most promising midfielders in the Premier League, it could be a deal worth stumping up the cash for.