Amadou Onana puts Chelsea and Arsenal on high alert as Everton midfielder reveals he sees himself ‘in one of the biggest clubs’ despite only joining the Toffees last summer
- Amadou Onana has put Arsenal and Chelsea on high alert with new interview
- The Belgian midfielder only joined Everton from Lille last summer for £33m
- Now Onana revealed he sees himself ‘in one of the biggest clubs’ in the future
Amadou Onana has put Chelsea and Arsenal on high alert over his interest in moving to ‘one of the biggest clubs’ just a year after joining Everton.
The Belgian midfielder was on the Blues’ wishlist in January, as they considered ransacking the Toffees for players, but Onana reportedly turned them down amid a £50m asking price.
The 21-year-old joined Everton in August 2022 for £33m, but has now revealed in an interview his desire to use his short stint at Goodison Park as a stepping stone to bigger things.
When asked where he sees himself in five years time, Onana told French outlet SoFoot: ‘I see myself having had a lot of life experiences, which will have made me learn a lot about human beings in general, as well as about myself.
‘I see myself, God willing, in one of the biggest clubs recognised worldwide.’
Amadou Onana has a desire to join ‘one of the biggest clubs’, just a year after joining Everton
The Belgian midfielder is thought to be of interest to both Arsenal and Chelsea this summer
His comments could leave it open for a battle between Arsenal and Chelsea to sign the midfielder, with both teams seeking to reinforce their midfield.
Onana played all 90 minutes of Everton’s 4-0 defeat at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
Onana has four years left on his contract at Goodison Park – but the club’s perilous state at the bottom of the table could leave him available to leave in the off-season.
Everton currently sit in the relegation zone, a point away from safety, with a trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
He admitted it was ‘not an easy season’ with Everton, his first with a team in the middle of a relegation battle, after prior spells with Hamburger SV and Lille before moving to Merseyside.
Onana said playing in the top flight in England became one of his footballing ambitions after playing with Lille against Chelsea in the Champions League in February 2022.
Onana said: ‘I remember being blown away by the crowd at Stamford Bridge. By the atmosphere, by the stakes. After going through that, I made the Premier League one of my goals.’
Onana was also part of the Belgian squad that were eliminated from the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.
Chelsea were in pursuit of both Onana and fellow Evertonian Anthony Gordon a couple of months ago, although the young English winger opted to move to Newcastle United instead.
Onana (left) played all 90 minutes of Everton’s 4-0 defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday night
Arsenal were also thought to be looking into Onana’s situation after the Belgian rebuffed advances from the Blues in January – and they may be in a better place to offer the ‘bigger club’ experience, as they sit top of the league while Graham Potter’s Chelsea languish in 10th spot.
Both London rivals are also seeking the signature of West Ham’s Declan Rice in a similar position, and may find themselves competing for both signings in the summer.
Earlier this week, Gary Neville agreed with claims that England midfielder Rice would have to work hard to become one of the world’s best in the centre of the park.
Other names linked with Chelsea in the transfer market include Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Ajax’s Edson Alvarez.
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