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Arsenal ‘in constant contact’ to sign £61m midfielder after he rejected Chelsea

Arsenal are planning a summer move for Everton midfielder Amadou Onana, according to reports in Belgium.

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The Gunners had considered a move for Onana in the January transfer window but instead opted to complete a £12 million deal for Jorginho.

Chelsea had also targeted Onana in January but the 21-year-old rejected a switch to Stamford Bridge as he wanted to help Everton’s fight to remain in the Premier League.

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According to Het Nieuwsblad, Arsenal have retained their interest in Onana and have been ‘in constant contact’ with the midfielder’s representatives ahead of the summer window.

The report claims that Chelsea have also not given up on signing the Belgium international

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Everton, meanwhile are said to be open to selling Onana at the end of the season but are holding out for a €70 million (£61.3m) transfer fee.

Onana has made an impressive impact at Everton following his £33m move from Lille last August.

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And Sean Dyche is keen for the midfielder to develop in both defensive and attacking areas before Everton’s season is over.

‘It is good for his development,’ Dyche said.

‘I have spoken to him about playing different roles in midfield. At Lille he played in a two. He’s played deep lying and now the No 8 for us.

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‘I want a young player like him to know all the roles of varying styles of play. Maybe when they are 28, they might be in an out-and-out position.

‘Sometimes the modern world of football has become too individualised; you are only going to be that player and sometimes that can hold a player’s career back. Sometimes that gets in their head. I think, ‘hang on, you have way more to offer than just doing that’.’

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