Amadou Onana will soon be an Everton player. The Belgian international midfielder (20 years old) is now very close to signing up for five seasons with the Toffees. West Ham have long been the favorites in this case, the London club having made three offers, the last, Tuesday, at 35 M € plus bonuses of up to 5 M €. But they failed to come to an agreement with the player and his entourage, opening the door to competition. This is what Everton, who were courting him in the same way as Leicester, took advantage.
The club coached by Frank Lampard drew a first offer on Wednesday, lower than that offered by the Hammers. Above all, certain conditions for reaching the bonuses were deemed unattainable by the LOSC. But the Toffees raised their offer on Thursday evening and an agreement was reached this Friday at midday. Lille obtained a sum of 40 million euros guaranteed.
A strongly renewed Lille environment
Originally, the tall midfielder (1.95m) planned to continue his progression at LOSC, which partly helped him join the Red Devils (he got his first selection in June against the Netherlands) . A club with which he played 42 matches last season, in all competitions, even if he rarely started (15 times).
With the end of Xeka’s contract and the departure to PSG of Renato Sanches, a boulevard opened up before him in the Lille midfield. But the English market took off and the offers became hard to refuse for all parties. For Lille, this is a golden operation for a player bought for only €7 million (according to LOSC) last summer in Hamburg, even if the German club has a percentage of the estimated capital gain between 15 and 20%.
Onana will travel this weekend to England, and he will therefore not be part of the group which will start the L1 season against Auxerre, this Sunday. The pair in the midfield should therefore be the one who started in the last warm-up match against Cadiz, namely Benjamin André and the young Carlos Baleba (18), revelation of the preseason, who had arrived in January from the football school Brasseries du Cameroun. LOSC is considering recruiting in a sector where it will have lost three of its four players from last year (Sanches, Xeka, Onana). Only Jonas Martin has so far arrived.