Everton reach £30m Amadou Onana agreement with LOSC Lille
Everton have come to an agreement with LOSC Lille for midfielder Amadou Onana worth an initial £30million, according to Saber Desfarges.
The Belgian journalist reported via his personal Twitter account that the deal could rise up to £33.6million with add-ons but that contractual details are still to be finalised.
Onana, 20, should however make his move to Goodison Park official relatively soon having chosen Everton over fellow Premier League side West Ham who had a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit.
The Belgian international is now waiting for the final go-ahead from Lille to fly to Liverpool in time to watch his potential future teammates take on Chelsea on the opening day of the new Premier League season, according to Sacha Tavolieri.
The 20-year-old is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Toffees just as he did with Lille last summer where he quickly forced his way into the side.
Everton have needed a defensive midfielder for a long time, effectively ever since Idrissa Gana Gueye left to join Paris Saint-Germain, and finally, it looks like that issue is going to be resolved.
And the Toffees are doing it with a very highly-rated player who already towers over the vast majority of footballers, standing at six-foot, five-inches tall.
That kind of brute force should help Frank Lampard to stop the glut of goals going into Everton’s goal at the very least while his lanky stature may also see him be able to bomb forward from time to time and physically dominate the opposition defenders instead.
If things go quickly and smoothly, it might not be out of the question to see Onana revealed as an Everton player either at half-time or before Saturday’s game at home to Chelsea.
But he would have to be registered before midday on Friday (5 August) to be able to play against Thomas Tuchel’s side which would seem highly unlikely at this stage.