Dean Jones believes Amadou Onana “could definitely do the job” for Manchester United, but his exit from Everton would be a “nightmare” and they can’t “afford to lose” him.
United have been linked with a new holding midfielder throughout the summer. They’ve already added Mason Mount to the midfield corps, but are clearly after a more defensively-minded player, especially after allowing Fred to move to Fenerbahce.
Sofyan Amrabat has been one of the main names on that list throughout the summer. United’s pursuit of him may become more difficult now though, as it’s been confirmed that Liverpool have made contact with Fiorentina regarding signing him.
The Red Devils have got other options to fall back on. They’ve apparently approached Everton for Onana, and it’s said the Toffees would hold out for £50million.
After just one season in the Premier League, transfer insider Jones believes Onana would be a useful asset for United.
“Onana has been on Manchester United’s midfield list for some time as an option that they could turn to as a back-up plan,” he told GIVEMESPORT.
“I was watching him at the weekend against Fulham and thinking he could definitely do the job for Manchester United. I think that he would be a really good player to target.”
While that would be a good move for United, Jones feels Everton would be much worse off if they were to see Onana leave.
“But I think it would be a nightmare for Everton. I don’t think he’s somebody that they can afford to lose,” Jones added.
He was a rock for Everton in his first season – he ranked 15th across the league for tackles, and his side’s 17th-placed finish could well have been worse without him.
The Toffees were of course teetering on the edge of relegation come the back end of the season, as they have been in the last two campaigns.
Losing a crucial player without much time to find a suitable replacement would be the worst thing for them, as they look to ensure they’re not fighting off the drop again this season.
With that being said, they’re likely to put up a good fight in order to keep Onana with them. Their chances of survival seem much better with him in the side than without.