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Bayern face competition for Onyekuru

| Wednesday, 22 May 2019 34comments  |  Jump to last
Henry Onyekuru has emerged as a surprise target of Bayern Munich according to reports but they aren't the only high-profile Bundesliga side to have shown interest.

The striker finished as Galatasaray's top scorer this past season and scored the goal that clinched them the Premier Lig title in Turkey which has led to increasing speculation over his future.

Galatasaray themselves are said to be keen on signing him on a permanent basis but have apparently baulked at the £15m asking price but CompleteSports have claimed that a "top Bundesliga club", believed to be German champions Bayern Munich have "all but agreed" a deal to sign Onyekuru this summer.

Since then, however, another "big" but unnamed German club has entered the equation according to Get German Football News sources who say that Onyekuru's representatives are in talks with two Bundesliga outfits, one being Bayern.

Borussia Dortmund would fit that description but they have recently acquired Thorgen Hazard to replace Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic while Borussia Mönchengladbach or Red Bull Leipzig (who may yet push to re-sign Ademola Lookman) are also candidates.

The Nigerian international has spent the past two seasons on loan at Anderlecht and in Turkey as he tries to earn a work permit to play in England but there have been suggestions made in the press that he is ready to turn down the chance to finally play for Everton in favour of Champions League football.

Original Source: Complete Sports Nigeria  

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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:56:13
My initial reaction is that Everton really are in a mess but, in the absence of work permit for this season, it may be best if we allow the player to move on. I was going to add that Everton should insist on first refusal or a buy-back clause but that really would be the height.
Derek Knox
2 Posted 22/05/2019 at 18:04:54
I have a selection problem here, whether to file this under: Horse Droppings : Cow Pats or Bull Dung?

Hopefully someone will help me out, how could we possibly consider, a player on our books, who is scoring goals everywhere he has been, but because of Work Permit issues, and NOT actually played for us, being sold?

Something we are crying out for, since Lukaku left, and here we 'possibly' have the chance to get someone, who belongs to us anyway, and sell him on.

Room 101!

Paul Dewhurst
3 Posted 22/05/2019 at 18:32:17
Derek - he's scored less in Belgium than Lukaku and in Turkey scores less than Tosun. If we could off load:

Tosun – est £15M
Vlasic – est £15M
Henry – est £15M
Lookman – est £15M

All I would say low balling that would be £60M for a striker, and none of those are even near the 1st squad for one reason on another.

A striker is a must – someone who could add 15-18 goals on top of Sigurdsson and Richarlison is going to make a difference

But we do need to be better at set pieces next season.

I know that sounds simple but you would like to think that could be a 10-point difference in the league.

Jon Ferguson
4 Posted 22/05/2019 at 19:40:20
I thought he was a winger rather than a striker?

Surely he'll get a work permit this summer?

We need to hold on to good young players, not sell them off.

Bill Gienapp
5 Posted 22/05/2019 at 20:21:17
Sounds about right. I mean, why should we be interested in cultivating a young talent that Bayern Munich's prepared to swoop for?
Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 22/05/2019 at 20:27:28
Surely if clubs like Bayern Munich are interested, then if Everton are genuinely interested in keeping him, then they could apply for one of those special talent visas?
Phillip Warrington
7 Posted 22/05/2019 at 20:43:43
Typical Everton — we sell the best-talented players we have and keep the crap.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
8 Posted 22/05/2019 at 22:05:46
If we are all part of the EU where things are supposed to be the same everywhere, then why can he play in Germany and we cannot get a work permit for him in Britain?

A friend of ours is from Zambia and was offered the job of vicar in Bournemouth but his work permit was refused because the diocese had not had the vacancy advertised for 4 weeks in case a EU citizen wanted to apply.

Is the Onyekuru case another one of these where Britain are making their own rules which are far more strict thaN what the EU expects... and then we all complain about the EU?

Brian Porter
9 Posted 22/05/2019 at 22:36:11
With his obvious talent, I think we should be doing everything we can to get him playing for us. It's ludicrous that we signed him, having spotted his talent and yet now we are considering selling him to that nothing team Bayern Munich, ffs. If Bayern think he's good enough to play for them, then surely he's worth a chance with us.

I read yesterday that he could make the necessary appearances for Nigeria this summer and we would then have a case for a work permit.

Simon Smith
10 Posted 23/05/2019 at 00:03:39
This is a huge mistake, so is selling Lookman, both players will have careers which us blues fans will look at in envy.

We should request a work permit on special grounds, just as many other clubs have in the past.

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 23/05/2019 at 00:37:30
Let's assume for a moment this story is true.

OK, stop laughing.

Now let's assume two other things: 1. He still can't play for us because of the work permit issue, and 2. if it is Bayern he will be absolutely dying to go.

(If we can get a permit for him or this story is BS, obviously this is an academic argument.)

If the assumptions are true, there's not much debate to be had. There's no indication when he'd be able to join us. So we're paying him £31,000/week (more than Davies, Holgate or Lookman), for at least one more season and maybe more, to score goals for other people.

So we can force him to stay in the hopes that he can actually put on our shirt someday (which he would hate because, hey, it's Bayern), or we can double our investment and get him off the books and use the money for a player who can actually play for us.

Not a tough call for me... IF all the assumptions are correct.

Kevin O'Regan
12 Posted 23/05/2019 at 08:55:16
Just to add some thrash to the gossip... :)

Not sure he would want to live in Germany anyway as supposedly he is being sued here by a woman claiming to have had a child with him in Belgium... and as he is refusing to pay his child support, she wants to sue.

I really can't imagine him in the Bayern squad if he can't get into the Everton squad... so I know where I will dump this.

Si Cooper
13 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:00:14
“We need to hold on to good young players, not sell them off.”

To echo Mike Gaynes's point, perhaps we need to acknowledge we may not be privy to all the facts before we blast the hierarchy. The player may have changed his mind about playing in the Premier League or just lost patience with the work permit thing. He may have indicated that he has no interest in extending his contract with us. Under those circumstances, the club would be sensible to consider decent offers for him.

Kevin, he isn't in our squad because he doesn't have a work permit to play in England.

Simon Smith
14 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:13:46
Si, that very well may be true, but what about Vlasic who has scored Champions League goals this season? What about Lookman who looked excellent in Germany?

For me, there is a list of around 15 players I'd want out of our football club before these 3.

Terry Underwood
15 Posted 23/05/2019 at 10:31:07
Hmmm, good enough for Bayern but not for Everton, sounds about right.
Alan McGuffog
16 Posted 23/05/2019 at 10:43:13
A lot of people have been clamouring for a wholesale clear out of the dead wood at the club. Could this cull please include the imbeciles who sanction deals like this. Remember David Henen? Come to that... remember Martin Murray?
Dave Abrahams
17 Posted 23/05/2019 at 11:04:15
Alan (16), Martin Murray didn't cost anything, just one of those wonder boys, came from Ireland at a young age and his potential never materialised Same as Jimmy Page, a young Geordie, we signed him as a 15-year-old on the basis of him winning a 'keep the ball up' competition. He was superb at it – just couldn't play joined up football.
Alan McGuffog
18 Posted 23/05/2019 at 11:16:50
Indeed Dave. I seem to remember we battled with Man Utd for his signature. He was billed as the next George Best — no pressure there then! Think he was homesick and never settled. I wonder if he made a living in the game?
Aidan Wade
19 Posted 23/05/2019 at 11:50:57
A lot of people seem to have assumed this story to be true and therefore Onyekuru must be the next Leroy Sane and therefore Everton have somehow "buggered it up".

Wait and see and remember that potential is always a gamble.

Si Cooper
20 Posted 23/05/2019 at 12:16:48
Simon, I agree with the sentiment but the reality is that these players can force the club's hand if they want to. I will go with the assumption that the club isn't actually forcing top young talent who are desperate to remain at the club (and demonstrating that desire in every way they can) out of the door until someone can prove otherwise.

Aidan, I'm not sure Sane is the best example. There seems to be a growing feeling that his attitude isn't all it could be and Guardiola is close to running out of patience with him.

Brian Williams
21 Posted 23/05/2019 at 12:23:19
For those wondering about Henry's work permit. He's got to have played 75% of games for his country over the last two years. Even if he played all the games in this summer's tournament he'd be nowhere near it.

He was unlucky to have been injured for the World Cup and so missed out on possible appearances. That's also turned out to be unlucky for the club as, had he made the World Cup, we MAY have had a better chance of getting his work permit.

The club can't be blamed for injuries and IMHO have made quite an astute purchase. If he'd have played enough games and we got the permit, we could have had a very useful player in our squad. He got injured and a work permit looks unlikely but it appears that we can sell him for a large profit.

Although we'd have preferred him in a blue shirt it has to be looked on (from a business perspective) as a win/win. Who knows... we may still be able to get a permit under "special" circumstances.

Kevin Prytherch
22 Posted 23/05/2019 at 12:33:18
Alan 16, I think you’re looking at the wrong end of the transfer dealings

Sanctioning the signings is a small risk compared to the outlay.

Sanctioning large sums for players at their peak is a larger risk (Bolasie??)

Also, sanctioning the sale of youngsters who could go on and achieve better and be worth millions is where we are generally good, but have had some slip ups (Dier, Mustafi).

Si Cooper
23 Posted 23/05/2019 at 13:11:58
Kevin, the other thing that people never seem to recognise with the junior players is that nowadays we have to have enough to create competitive teams at multiple age levels.

Of course, the hope is that all of them will go on to be great first team players but the reality is that, if they are at least competent U23s, then it is job done to an extent. Any overall operating profit is a welcome bonus.

Justin Doone
24 Posted 23/05/2019 at 22:11:23
Don't know a great deal about the lad but talented, ambitious players with pace and can score a few goals is exactly what we need.

It's probably more bull than a calf but if he wasn't our player and we were trying to sign him I'm pretty sure it would be a starting price nearer £30M.

I hope to keep and loan out our best young players who may not be get much football for us but need it to develop.

Munich, Madrid or Morecambe doesn't matter. Their development and keeping hold of the best players does.

But as I said on another thread if they don't want to stay or another loan then get maximum value now and add buy back, sell on % and a few more clauses to give us future millions ie Naismith deal.

No point keeping unhappy players and I can't fault them wanting to better themselves as long as we get a good deal. We don't need to rush as we don't need the cash like we used to.

David Israel
25 Posted 24/05/2019 at 19:20:17
Phil #8 : "If we are all part of the EU where things are supposed to be the same everywhere, then why can he play in Germany and we cannot get a work permit for him in Britain?"

No, Phil, not everything is supposed to be the same everywhere in the EU, and that includes work permits for nationals of countries outside the EU.

Martin Faulkner
26 Posted 28/05/2019 at 01:10:29
Phil (@8),

Work permits are different for all of the EU member countries, each country has it's own heritage and often ties with colonies that are easier to get work permits for in general. Dutch have Antilles/Indochina and also Turkish. Portugal/Spain see Brazil & South America. UK: India/Pakistan. Germany has a lot of Turkish immigrants. We should have invaded South America rather than India.

Eddie Dunn
27 Posted 28/05/2019 at 18:58:38
Martin, we did get hold of Guyana.
Dennis Stevens
28 Posted 28/05/2019 at 19:54:59
Martin #26 - I do recall reading somewhere that some time in the distant past there was serious consideration given to invading Chile - possibly not the preferred bit of South America from a football perspective, perhaps.
Stephen Davies
29 Posted 28/05/2019 at 20:30:57
Martin #26.

Britain has invaded every country in South America except Paraguay & (I think) Bolivia. (Although Brazil may be classified as a 'maybe'... as we sent the Royal Navy to blockade ports for 6 days.)

Bobby Mallon
30 Posted 28/05/2019 at 22:05:57
Why the hell do we not keep the lad, get a permit, and play him? Jesus, I thought we wanted Champions League!
Kieran Kinsella
31 Posted 28/05/2019 at 22:17:52

I don't think we invaded Ecuador unless you're counting signing Segundo Castillo and Enner Valencia.

Alan J Thompson
32 Posted 29/05/2019 at 06:38:07
Eddie (#27); Fair does, we got Clive Lloyd from there and wasn't there talk of a Mal Vinas scouting expedition.
Stephen Davies
33 Posted 29/05/2019 at 14:56:56
Martin Kieran #31
The only countries in the Americas that Britain has not had some sort invasion are Guatemala Bolivia & Paraguay.

Alan McGuffog
34 Posted 31/05/2019 at 11:26:15
But we still, I think, have troops in Belize. British Honduras as was. To deter invasion from Guatemala

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