Everton’s Belgian midfielder, who made a significant impact in helping the team avoid relegation last season, is now generating transfer buzz.
Recent reports from Foot Mercato suggest that Barcelona has expressed interest in the talented 22-year-old, having already contacted his representatives.
However, the reported price tag of £48-52 million might be a deterrent for the Spanish giants, potentially paving the way for Manchester United to make a move in the upcoming January transfer window.
United’s interest in the midfielder dates back to the summer transfer window, and despite the price considerations, the Red Devils remain keen on securing his services.
Currently, United’s defensive midfield options include Kobbie Mainoo, Casemiro, Sofyan Amrabat, and Scott McTominay.
Of these, McTominay has faced criticism for his ball possession control and tendency to push higher up the field, leaving defensive vulnerabilities.
Sofyan Amrabat, on loan from Fiorentina, has also grappled with dispossessions, while Casemiro has shown signs of regression.
At just 18, Mainoo displays promise from the no.8 role, but there’s a potential need for an experienced midfielder to complement and compete with him.
Onana emerges as an ideal candidate for United’s midfield spot. Despite his age, the Belgian has exhibited remarkable maturity in decision-making.
His statistics this season, including an impressive 7.6 duels won per league appearance, 6.1 ball recoveries, and 2.5 tackles won, showcase his effectiveness on the field.
United, grappling with FFP issues, could make a serious bid for Onana in January, especially if a substantial offer arrives from Saudi Arabia for Casemiro.