In Focus: Everton would be mad to sell Onyekuru even for a big profit

According to reports in The Sun, Everton could be set to double their money on forward Henry Onyekuru if they decide to sell him, despite the fact that he is yet to play for them.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that European giants Juventus and Atletico Madrid want the 20-year-old, who joined the Toffees during the summer but was immediately loaned to Belgian side Anderlecht with the Merseyside outfit unable to get a work permit for him.

The Sun says that the Nigeria international cost £7m when moved from KAS Eupen, but he could already be worth double that after impressing for Anderlecht domestically and in the Champions League, and Everton must decide whether to cash in on him.

The report adds that Juve are keen after missing out on Keita Balde Diao to Monaco during the summer, while Atletico see the forward as potential long-term replacement for Fernando Torres.

How has Onyekuru done this season?

The 20-year-old earned his move to Goodison Park after a sensational season with KAS Eupen in which he scored 24 goals and provided a further nine assists in 41 appearances in all competitions, with the majority of those outings coming from the left wing.

The Nigerian attacker has quickly shown that he isn’t just a one-season wonder by netting seven times in 15 appearances for Anderlecht this term, and he was unfortunate not to score in the 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier this month after he hit the woodwork.

Would Everton really sell him?

Considering their current struggles and their apparent need for pace and clinical finishing right now, they would be mad to sell the forward for any price.

Onyekuru has already shown the ability he has and he looks to be a real promising player for the future too, meaning the Merseyside outfit should look to keep hold of him.

If obtaining a work permit proves to be difficult then they could consider cashing in on the 20-year-old, but it seems unlikely that they will give up that easily on such a talented young player that they had to fight off lots of competition for.