Everton Star Reiterates Transfer Ambitions, Targets ‘Top Club’ Status

Everton midfielder Amadou Onana has once again expressed his desire for a move to a “top club,” using the upcoming Euro 2024 as a platform to showcase his abilities, writes the SW.

In an interview with Gazet van Antwerpen, the 22-year-old Belgian international emphasized the importance of the European Championship. “The European Championship is a great platform to prove myself,” he said. “You can put yourself in the spotlight. It has happened before that players do well at a big tournament and then make a transfer.”

While not explicitly stating his intention to leave Everton this summer, Onana’s comments suggest a strong desire for a step up in his career. “I wouldn’t literally say that I want to leave Everton in the summer window,” he explained, “but my answers are clear, I think.”

Previous Transfer Offers Rejected, Now Seeks Bigger Stage

The report in Gazet van Antwerpen suggests that Onana has previously turned down offers in other transfer windows, prioritizing his development at Everton. However, his recent comments suggest a shift in his thinking. “There have been good offers in the past,” he said. “It was so in the winter [Arsenal showed interest then] but also before. My work at Everton wasn’t finished at those times, which is why I stayed.”

High Asking Price Likely Won’t Deter Top Clubs

Onana, contracted to Everton for another three years, is reportedly subject to a €60m-€70m asking price set by manager Sean Dyche. Despite this, Onana remains confident that a transfer can happen if the right club comes calling. “I have nothing to say about what transfer fee I can leave for,” he stated. “Oh well, if a top club is really convinced of my qualities, the asking price won’t be an issue.”

Relegation Battles Seen as Learning Experience

Onana acknowledges the challenges of Everton’s recent relegation battles, but views them as a positive influence on his development. “Mentally, it’s not always easy,” he said. “Mind you, I learned a lot from it, became a lot more mature as a person because of it, but every player wants to compete for the prizes.”

With Euro 2024 approaching, Onana looks set to play a key role for Belgium. His performances on the international stage could be pivotal in securing a move to a “top club” as he desires.