Napoli have made a £14 million bid for Everton forward Henry Onyekuru, according to Le Soir, with the Nigerian youngster seemingly on his way to Italy.
Onyekuru is yet to make a single first-team appearance for the Toffees and, with interest from one of Italy’s giants, the Goodison Park faithful might never get the chance to watch the 22-year-old in the flesh.
A £7 million signing from KAS Eupen in 2017, Everton pulled off an almighty coup when they snapped up a player who had caught the eye of countless clubs all over Europe. But thanks to work permit issues, the Merseyside giants have been forced to send Onyekuru out on loan to Anderlecht and Galatasaray in the last two seasons.
And an outstanding 2018/19 campaign, in which this Thierry Henry-idolising speed machine scored 16 goals to fire Gala to the title, could be somewhat bittersweet.
Because, with the work permit issue yet to be resolved, Everton might be forced to cash in on a player who has the potential to make a huge impact at Goodison Park. Napoli, who finished second in Serie A last season, have offered £14 million with a move to Italy apparently ‘on track’.
On one hand, doubling your money for a player who has never made an appearance for your club is good business. But, on the other, Everton could be about to lose one of the world’s most exciting forwards before he’s even made his debut.
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