Everton £50m transfer 'could happen soon' as former CEO looks forward to 'refreshed squad'

Keith Wyness believes a deal that would see Everton star Amadou Onana depart the club “could happen soon”.

The former Blues chief executive is under the impression that a move is likely for the Belgium international - who is attracting interest from Premier League rivals and clubs on the continent this summer.

The ECHO understands that it would take offers of at least £50m for Everton to consider talks over any potential for the 22-year-old’s departure.

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Onana is being courted by sides across the continent and is understood to be on the radar of clubs including Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Whether that initial interest leads to a bid for the midfielder remains to be seen but Everton’s negotiating position has been strengthened by the end of the football financial year last month. The end of June marked the deadline for compliance with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Regulations [PSR], under which the club was hit with two points deductions last season. There is a belief at the club that the sales of Lewis Dobbin and Ben Godfrey significantly strengthened Everton’s position on that front.

The club is still braced for interest in key players, however, with Onana one of those who could become the subject of a bid. Jarrad Branthwaite, who was the subject of a rejected bid from Manchester United, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was at the centre of club talks with Newcastle United last month, are also attracting interest.

For Wyness, Onana is the player he believes is most likely to leave. He told Football Insider‘s Insider Track podcast: “There’s been a lot of comment about 30 June being the deadline for clubs who are flirting with PSR problems. That deadline has passed, and Everton are now in a position of strength to refuse any ridiculous offers – such as the one from Man United for Branthwaite.

“But I think Onana will still be going, that deal could happen soon. There may also still be life in a move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. New additions have come in, [Iliman] Ndiaye has been announced. I’m excited about the prospect of a refreshed Everton squad.”