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Manchester United Register Interest In This Everton Midfielder: Should Ten Han Bring Him Aboard?

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According to Express, there are speculations that Manchester United are showing interest in securing the services of Everton standout Amadou Onana during this summer transfer window. The Belgian international has emerged as a potential target, but as of now, the club has not officially presented an offer for his acquisition. The Red Devils are eager to reinforce their midfield options this season; however, they are likely to need a budget of around £60 million in order to secure the signing of Onana.

Onana’s Season Of Mixed Sentiments At Goodison Park

Onana underwent a season of challenges and successes at Merseyside recently, facing difficulties in steering Everton towards consistent performance in the Premier League. In a total of 35 appearances across various competitions last season, the 21-year-old managed to contribute with a single goal and a pair of assists for the Toffees.

The Belgian talent emerged as one of Sean Dyche’s standout performers during the preceding campaign, highlighted by his averages of 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.0 shots, and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. His adeptness in midfield distribution also shone through, with an 84% success rate for attempted passes in league matches (statistics sourced from whoscored).

Amadou Onana
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Amadou Onana of Everton FC looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Onana’s tenure at Goodison Park extends until the summer of 2027. Nevertheless, there have been rumors of the Belgian midfield talent considering a departure this season, a situation that might prompt Sean Dyche to consider selling him before the transfer window closes.

Should Ten Hag Bring Him To Manchester United?

Onana demonstrates adept tackling skills and has the ability to execute well-timed interceptions in the midfield area. He’s not hesitant to shoot the ball when necessary and can deliver powerful long-range strikes. While primarily functioning as a defensive midfielder, Onana’s versatility allows him to adapt to roles such as a box-to-box midfielder or even a central defender if directed by his manager.

The Belgian standout isn’t just limited to defensive duties; he also contributes to creating promising opportunities for his teammates in the opposing half. However, there’s room for improvement in terms of adding more goals to his repertoire in the upcoming seasons. With Onana’s caliber, there’s no doubt that he would add more tenacity and resilience to Erik ten Hag‘s midfield lineup at Old Trafford this summer. His reliability was evident during his noteworthy performance at Goodison Park last season.

At the age of 21, Onana holds the potential to become a sought-after financial prospect in the near future, enhancing his appeal. This quality makes him a viable alternative to Sofyan Amrabat, a long-standing target for the Red Devils.

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