By Sam Stone

25th Jan, 2023 | 3:10pm

Everton make Amadou Onana decision amid Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal interest

Everton have yet to receive an offer for Amadou Onana despite Premier League interest emerging in the midfielder, according to RTL journalist, Alexandre Braeckman.

RMC Sport journalist Sacha Tavolieri revealed (via Twitter, 23 January) that Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea had shown “unthinkable” interest in the 21-year-old.

However, Braeckman has suggested (personal Twitter account, 24 January) that Everton have decided not to sell Onana, despite the growing transfer speculation.

“Interest, yes, but no offer has yet been made for Amadou Onana. Everton have not decided to sell him,” wrote Braeckman.

“We are still far, very far from an effective transfer. Everything is being studied at this stage, without any decision having been taken yet.”

Good

This is good news and it should come as no surprise to see the Toffees rebuff the reported interest in the midfielder. Onana is a long-term project for the club and could be sold for a significant transfer fee in three to four years’ time.

This wasn’t a move which was a six-month project and it’s good the club haven’t contemplated it. If he was sold it would make Premier League survival look even harder. He’s been one of the club’s standout performers in the 2022/23 campaign and replacing the 21-year-old would be impossible with less than a week left in the window.

It’s time for the board to show some decisiveness and leadership in order to give Everton the best chance of avoiding relegation come the season’s end. After missing out on Arnaut Danjuma, the board and decision-makers at Goodison Park simply have to come up with something special in the transfer market.