The Toffees have lost nearly £430 million in the last two years, and the Premier League has recommended a 12-point reduction as a severe punishment for the club’s inability to adhere to Financial Fair Play guidelines.
In recent seasons, the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Richarlison, and Anthony Gordon have all been allowed to depart for large payments, and it appears like at least one more Everton star could be on his way to St James’ Park anytime soon.
Indeed, The Athletic’s Jacob Whitehead has detailed two Everton players who Eddie Howe can try and lure to Tyneside – namely Amadou Onana and Jarrad Branthwaite.
“Palhinha is potentially unrealistic,” he continued, “but Onana could be viable.” Newcastle already took advantage of Everton’s financial predicament when signing Anthony Gordon in January — and with the club’s finances still in jeopardy, Sean Dyche’s side will almost certainly need to trade one of Onana or centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite in the coming year.
“The Belgium international is raw but massively talented; the drawback is the length of time it could take him to integrate into Howe’s system.”
Onana is being viewed as a like-for-like swap for Sandro Tonali as Newcastle await news of the Italy star’s potential ban for betting offences while still in his homeland.
Two major players have been linked with Everton exits.
Everton, on the other hand, would be devastated if the Belgian were to leave, as Onana has flourished in the heart of the Toffees’ midfield under Sean Dyche.
Everton’s midfield, on the other hand, is a strength, with Dyche able to draw on the likes of James Garner, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Idrissa Gana Gueye.
To that end, the possibility of losing Branthwaite is seen as an even greater issue for the Merseysiders.
The 21-year-old has now established himself in Dyche’s starting XI and has been performing as if he could stay there for the foreseeable future.
However, if the points deduction becomes a reality, given the club’s financial situation, Onana or Branthwaite – or possibly both – could be sacrificed.
Everton return to Premier League action on Sunday when they travel to West Ham.