Chelsea transfer news: Blues have now looked into move for £33m midfielder

Chelsea have reportedly made a move to sign Amadou Onana from Premier League rivals Everton.

According to 90min, Chelsea have been making enquiries this month to see if they can find cheaper alternatives to Benfica’s Enzo Fernadnez. Incidentally, Record reports that Chelsea have launched a bid this week for Fernandez that includes €100million (£88million) plus players in a swap deal.

90min explains that the Blues hierarchy have now set their sights on Onana and looked into a potential deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

It is understood that the 21-year-old Everton midfielder may be offered the chance to leave the Merseyside club during the January transfer window.

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Onana, who joined Everton last summer in a £33million deal from Lille, has been one of the few positives at Goodison Park this season.

The Belgium international is an all-action defensive midfielder that does bring a physicality and energy on the pitch, which is why the youngster hasn’t looked out of place during his debut season in English football.

Frank Lampard was dismissed as Everton’s manager this week with the team joint-bottom of the Premier League.

It’s worth highlighting that Chelsea favourite Lampard, who got to work closely alongside Onana in recent months, has described him as a “really talented boy”.

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Onana is definitely still a raw talent that’s been thrown into the deep end with a struggling Everton team, but you can definitely see the youngster has big potential.

If he did leave Everton in the final week of the January window, surely the likelihood of them being relegated would increase.

He fits the sort of signing Chelsea’s hierarchy have been focusing on during the last two windows, so it’s interesting to hear they’ve now made some sort of move. Let’s see if Graham Potter’s side are ready to submit an official bid in the coming days.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.