Mason Mount slammed by former Man Utd star after poor start – 'Nowhere to be seen'
Manchester United’s hopes of recruiting Everton star Amadou Onana in the winter transfer window have been given a significant boost after he refused to commit to his club for the rest of the season. The Red Devils have been monitoring the midfielder for several months as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his squad depth, and Onana’s most recent comments regarding his future will only fuel more speculation.
United approached Everton about a deal in the summer before moving onto other targets. Ten Hag brought in Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat in the summer transfer market after allowing Fred to leave for Fenerbahce.
But neither player has taken up the role in central midfield like many expected, with Mount operating more as a No 10 and Amrabat forced to cover at left-back following injuries to Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and loan signing Sergio Reguilon.
With questions raised about Casemiro’s long-term future at the club after the Brazilian’s dip in form, Onana has been earmarked as a potential long-term option to replace him. And the Belgian has fuelled speculation that he could leave Goodison Park when the transfer window reopens in January after admitting he cannot predict his future.
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“That was my goal at the start of the season. But like I said, I don’t have a crystal ball. I am not able to tell you what will happen in the future,” Onana told Sudinfo Sports La Capitale. “For the moment, I remain 100 per cent focused on my performance on the pitch. This is what will determine my future and that of the club.”
Arsenal and Chelsea were both heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old in January 2023 and earlier this summer before successfully recruiting other targets. And barring a change in their squads in terms of outgoings, United could have a clear path to signing the box-to-box midfielder.
Onana insists that while he is not prepared to stick with the club until the end of the season, he takes Everton’s fight against relegation ‘very seriously’. But the youngster admitted that he has welcomed the change in environment, with the uncertainty and adversity at Goodison Park clearly taking a toll.
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“I’m not going to say that it (international duty) is my main source of motivation because I take very seriously the task that I have with Everton, namely, to help the club to survive,” he added.
“But I must admit that this change in atmosphere and finding a team with high quality players changes the mood. Mentally, it does me a lot of good.”
Onana has started every Premier League game for the Toffees this season to underline his value. And despite their poor run of form rendering only one victory under Sean Dyche, his performances have not gone unnoticed.
The Merseyside outfit would likely want around £50m for the Belgium international at such an important stage in the season, and United may need to sell if Ten Hag is keen on pushing through a deal.
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