“That’s Something I Strive For” – £60M Rated Arsenal Target Makes Transfer Admission

Arsenal transfer target Amadou Onana says he is hoping to get a transfer off the back of a strong European Championships with Belgium.

Speaking ahead of the Euros, the 22-year-old laid out his future ambitions, stating he is looking to use the tournament in Germany as a springboard:

“At previous tournaments, you have seen that the players who did well make the step up to the top clubs. That’s something I strive for.”

“I feel like presenting myself to the European top and showing what I have to offer. This European Championship is a stage.”

Are Arsenal looking to sign Onana?

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the Belgian international is very much on the Gunners’ radar. However, even though the London club have talked to his agent, Romano told GiveMeSport there is no suggestion that a formal bid will be tabled at this stage:

“[It is] not something really concrete at this point. They [Arsenal] had some contact, yes, in terms of being informed on the players’ situation, but it’s not the proper negotiation to the club yet. I think Arsenal has several names in that list for the midfield. Onana is appreciated by many, many clubs in England.”

Onana’s asking price is a big obstacle

Previous reports have claimed that Everton could demand as much as £60m for the player. The reason for the sky-high valuation is twofold. Firstly, the Belgian cost £33m when he was signed from Lille in 2022 so the Toffees want to make a decent profit.

Secondly, as Romano points out, there is plenty of interest in Onana. In addition to Arsenal, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham have also been mentioned as potential suitors.

With that being the case, the Gunners may well consider pursuing alternatives such as Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.