Everton have done so well to keep ahold of their key assets thus far across both the summer and January windows.
With the likes of Jarrad Branthwaite and Amadou Onana, among others, all gathering sufficient interest, it could have been so easy to succumb to pressure and allow their squad to weaken in order to offset their financial issues.
But, Sean Dyche retains those top performers, and were it not for that points deduction they would be far clear of the relegation zone which has loomed over them for two and a half seasons now.
However, that has not stopped links from persisting though, and with the Belgium international outlined as the more likely to leave, he has unsurprisingly been the one receiving the bulk of that interest.
But which sides are after him now after warding off summer interest? Let’s take a closer look…
What teams are trying to sign Amadou Onana from Everton?
Already the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea have made their feelings known about the 22-year-old midfielder, who has swiftly grown into one of the Premier League’s hottest young prospects.
However, it is Newcastle United who seemingly remain the most keen, and continue to be referenced with a switch despite their FFP struggles.
Well, there could be a catalyst that hands them the necessary funds to push for such a move now, with reports emerging suggesting Miguel Almiron might be heading to Saudi Arabia.
In a move that led Joey Barton to suggest corruption was afoot, The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards would detail how this could affect Everton.
He wrote: ‘Although reports of a price for Almiron being agreed with Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab are inaccurate, talks are set to continue over the next few days and there is a chance the Paraguay international is sold before the end of the month.
‘Newcastle would then use that money to push to sign Everton’s Amadou Onana or another midfield target.’
How important is Amadou Onana for Everton?
To lose their hulking midfield maestro would arguably leave the largest gap out of anyone in their team, given how quietly important the youngster is to the way they play.
His work in breaking up play, but then redistributing it across the pitch, is pivotal, even if it often goes underappreciated.
After all, no Everton player comes close to his 84% average pass accuracy in the league, yet he blends that with 1.1 clearances, 2.6 tackles and 6.6 ball recoveries per game, via Sofascore.
Former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez even noted, just after his signing: ‘We’re talking about a 20-year-old boy that is probably one of the most talented young players at that age in European football. That’s how excited we are in Belgium.’
To lose him would be a hammer blow, but to the Magpies especially might mark the final straw for some Everton fans, many of whom have bought into this newly-formed faux rivalry with the Tyneside outfit.