Arsenal have made contact over the potential signing of Amadou Onana from Everton, with the midfielder turning down a move to Chelsea.
Arsenal are on the hunt for a midfielder in the January transfer window, with reports of interest in £75m-rated Moises Caicedo of Brighton and Hove Albion.
But Caicedo isn’t the only Premier League midfielder on their shortlist.
Graeme Bailey reports that Everton are considering letting Amadou Onana leave, just six months after joining, if they can bring in a fee of £50m.
“Intriguingly, they are considering letting Amadou Onana go, the midfielder who came for £33 million from Lille last summer,” Bailey told the Talking Transfers podcast (via TBR).
“He’ll carry a price tag of £50m. Newcastle and Arsenal have both been in touch.”
Arsenal have reportedly been in contact with both the player and his club, but they’re yet to make an official offer.
The Telegraph mention the reports of Arsenal’s interest in Onana as an alternative to Caicedo, adding that the Gunners could also look at a loan move before the window closes.
Chelsea were one of the leading contenders for a January transfer for Onana, but they now appear to be out of the running.
FootMercato report that after holding talks with Chelsea, Onana decided to reject their proposal. Loic Tanzi of L’Equipe confirms that the player has decided not to follow up on the Blues’ advances.
Though it’s less than Brighton want for Caicedo, £50m is still a heavy investment for Arsenal in the January window.
A loan move might end up being more realistic, but this is one to keep an eye on in the coming days.