Manchester United are reported to be back in for Amadou Onana and Everton recognise their difficulty in keeping him.

A report in The Mail last week stated Manchester United had considered Amadou Onana as an alternative to Sofyan Amrabat, and decided to prioritise the Moroccan.

However, fresh reports from The Guardian claim Manchester United have now made an approach to Everton over the midfielder.

The report states Everton value Onana at around £50 million, but fear they will not be able to stop him joining if he decides he wants to move to Old Trafford.

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Why Manchester United want Amadou Onana

Onana, 21, is regarded as an excellent prospect in midfield and had a good debut season for Everton in 2022/23.

The Guardian report that Erik ten Hag ‘feels United need more height but he does not want to compromise on quality.’

The report added: ‘United believe Onana is more than a destroyer and is good enough on the ball to play for Ten Hag’.

Onana is a Belgium international who impressed against United at Goodison Park last season. United would hope to get him for below Everton’s £50 million asking price.

United have sold Fred, expect to move Donny van de Beek on, and are currently open to offers for Scott McTominay.

Onana could be in addition to Amrabat

Amid all the speculation, we can say one thing for certain: Manchester United are a long way from being done in the transfer window.

It is quite possible Onana arrives in addition to Sofyan Amrabat, if United regard the Moroccan as a replacement for Fred and the Everton man as the upgrade on Scott McTominay.

There is plenty of business yet to be done before the deadline, and the situation appears to be that if United want Amadou Onana enough, and really make a push for him, they will get him.

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