By Daniel Feliciano

24th Jan, 2023 | 1:10pm

Chelsea want to sign Anthony Gordon and Amadou Onana, loan back to Everton on the cards

Chelsea want to pounce on the “crisis” at Everton by bidding for Anthony Gordon and Amadou Onana before the January deadline, say The Telegraph.

The Blues have spent nearly £500m since new owner Todd Boehly arrived in the summer and they failed with a £60m bid for Gordon during the summer window.

But after Frank Lampard was sacked on Monday (23 January), the west London club are now looking to take advantage of a potential opportunity by returning for the England Under-21 international and his teammate Onana, who only arrived from Lille in the summer.

“Everton sacked head coach Frank Lampard on Monday and, sensing an opportunity, Chelsea are considering whether or not to try to take advantage of the crisis that has gripped the Goodison Park club,” they wrote (23 January).

“Newcastle are interested in signing Gordon, but Telegraph Sport understands that the 21-year-old remains on Chelsea’s radar and the Londoners have considered making a bid that could involve sending him back to Everton on loan.

“Chelsea are fully aware of Everton’s Financial Fair Play issues and need to raise cash, which has also led to them showing an interest in midfielder Onana, who only moved to Goodison Park from Lille in the summer.

“Everton would be highly reluctant to sell Onana, even with their financial problems, but Chelsea could again look at making a bid that would involve the 21-year-old seeing out the season where he is.”

No chance

Everton cannot even begin to consider this type of deal at this stage of the January window, or they may as well kiss their hopes of survival goodbye.

Despite his poor performances this season, Gordon is one of the better attackers at the club and if the new manager is able to get him to react like Lampard did last season then he’s shown he’s capable of saving this club.

As for Onana, he’s arguably been our best bit of transfer business in years and his performances have proven that he is more than good enough for this level.

If we want to stay in the Premier League it’s imperative that these players stay at the club beyond the January deadline, but also into the next seasons so that we can actually build something to progress.

A loan back could be tempting for the board because it means cash and keeping the players for a little while, but it would be long-term suicide and would further show just how out of their depth they are.