Napoli have tabled a bid of €16 million for Everton forward Henry Onyekuru.
With the player’s work permit issues still ongoing, Everton may eventually be tempted to sell him for profit on the £7 million they paid for him.
Though he hasn’t yet managed to play a game in Everton’s blue, this could well be a source of frustration for the Toffees.
Indeed, Onyekuru spent last season on loan with Galatasaray, catching the eye as he scored 16 goals and assisted three times in 32 starts and five substitute appearances to help his side win the Turkish league and cup double.
On top of his goals and assists, Onyekuru completed 1 key pass and 1.3 dribbles per match, which offers a glimpse into his creative spark. To put that into context, only three Everton players made more key passes than him last season (Lucas Digne, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson) and only Andre Gomes completed more dribbles.
The attacker’s exploits have seen Napoli stand up and take notice, as there is seemingly an opportunity to take advantage of his work permit issues. Indeed, it could be worth doing for any club who can manage it, as the Nigeria international is still only 22-years-old, so still has time to develop his game even further.
Henry Onyekuru was part of the Super Eagles of Nigeria team that won bronze medal at the ongoing CAF African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt as he came on as a substitute in Nigeria’s semi final loss to Desert Foxes of Algeria.
*By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde*