Onyekuru completes Monaco switch

Monday, 12 August, 2019 49comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have sold Henry Onyekuru to AS Monaco for a fee that is officially undisclosed but is reported to be €13.5m.

The fee could rise to €15m once appearance-related add-ons are triggered but the sale represents a profit for the Blues on the £7.2m they spent to sign the Nigerian international from KAS Eupen in the Belgian league two years ago.

Onyekuru, who signs a five-year contract at Monaco, leaves having never kicked a ball for the Blues at any level. Regarded as a signing for the future by then Director of Football, Steve Walsh, the striker wasn't eligible for a work permit and was loaned to Anderlecht for the 2017-18 season.

Onyekuru spent last season on loan at Galatasaray where he made a bigger splash, scoring the goal that clinched the Turkish league title for the Istanbul giants and raising his profile at the same time.

His exploits in Turkey weren't enough to get him significant game time at the Africa Cup of Nations this summer, however. Needing to play in 75% or more of his country's matches in order to qualify for to play in the Premier League, he featured for just a dozen minutes as the Super Eagles finished third in the competition.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:23:05
Good look to the lad. He's a prime example of our monumental ineptness when it comes to doing due diligence.

The Walsh - Koeman regime will stain our club for years to come.

David Milner
2 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:24:13
Good luck to the lad. It is not his fault the points system for a work permit are crazy. Forces English clubs to overpay just to get it granted. Oumar Niasse anyone?
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:24:31
I think we only paid £7m for him?!
Steve Croston
4 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:28:37
Profit, boom! Mirallas, Bolasie, Martina and Niasse next please... Any takers I wonder?
David Hallwood
5 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:45:48
Any of you stattos out there calculate our net spend in the transfer window???
Ryan Holroyd
6 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:47:34
Why is he a prime example? He was bought to be sold on at a profit. Great business.
Dan Nulty
7 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:48:08
Silva said that we had only spent a net 㿈m? The figures I have seen suggested it was 㿛m I think. Take 㾸m off that after this sale.

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:55:04
“The Walsh - Koeman regime will stain our club for years to come.”.

Even if it doesn't!

Sam Hoare
10 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:56:28
Good purchase. Any asset that doubles value in 2 years whilst being loaned out for rental fee was a good buy. Could turn out even better if there's a sell-on clause.
Brian Williams
11 Posted 12/08/2019 at 18:57:15
I think Henry's the first of a possible three outgoings within the next week to ten days with Niasse and Bolasie to follow hopefully.
As for net spend I think before this it was 㿈m.

We also received ٟm from Norwich for returning to the Premier League (Naismith sale) and ٣m from Man Utd for Lukaku transfer. Don't know whether that ٤m add-ons are taken into account in the 㿈m figure.
With Henry's fee the net spend could be down to 㾼m if the 㿈m was accurate. From a business point of view, that's a very good window but the fact that the net spend's so low makes not getting a central defender more annoying.

Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:16:13
Good luck to the lad, and a lesson learned by the EFC directors..

It's a shame as Henry has talent, but could by default never really be part of EFC.

Good business and a tidy profit.

Anthony A Hughes
13 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:23:17
To be fair, as a supporter and not a club accountant, I'm not interested in a net spend. I'm more interested in trophies and trying to win the league. Remember them good old days?

As for Henry, great we've made some money on him but maybe if we bought a striker that could actually play for us, them maybe we would have finished higher up the league and made even more money.

Jay Wood

14 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:27:06
I'm happy for all parties with this outcome. Well done again to Brands for getting him off our books and turning a profit on him.
Derek Knox
15 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:58:51
Can only echo well wishes for the lad, and possibly good business, I say possibly, because if he is as good as some reports state, maybe we are letting him go too cheaply, but who knows?

It was looking increasingly unlikely that he would ever get a Work Permit, so the chances of him donning a blue shirt were thin at best. What you've never had you don't miss!

Slightly off topic but I have read from various sources that Tosun is being lined up for exit too, figures up to £20M are being mentioned, along with Bolasie and Niasse too, whether the veracity of those stories is disputable, only time will tell.

Benjamin Dyke
16 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:04:28
We've not had a perfect window but what Brands has been able to do since he came is brilliant, especially compared to the previous regimes.

Next summer is the real test when all the deadwood has hopefully gone and we can see a team truly in the Brands - Silva mould.

Takes quite a lot of money just to stand still in the Premier League these days and we're always playing catch up, just we've had the additional dead weights and stupid spending by the previous regimes to weigh us down too.

Barry Connor
17 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:35:34
Pity. Would have been fascinating to see how all of that undoubted potential would have been realised if only he had appeared in a blue shirt!

Unfortunately EFC don't yet have enough clout to persuade the immigration authorities to give him a permit. Would that have been the case if he had been a player for the RS, Manure, Chelski etc? We will never know.

Let's just hope that he doesn't come back to haunt us!

Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:40:36
Good luck, young man.

It would have been fun.

Brian Williams
19 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:42:08
Derek #15.

Derek if Tosun does go for around 㿀m (I doubt it to a Turkish club though) and Bolasie and Niasse went for a combined fee of 㾶m-㾸m I think we'd be very well placed to splash the cash in January for a centre back at the very least.

If the above-mentioned transfers go through Brands deserves the plaudits for sure as he'll have shifted a lot of players we really wanted rid of.

Mirallas we'll just never shift unfortunately.

Derek Knox
20 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:49:14
Brian, I have every faith in Marcel Brands, though I can't say the same about Marco Silva. He seems to have a Utopian idea of how we should play, but the players seem to act differently... I don't know if it's all in his head, jury is still out!
Pat Kelly
21 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:01:04
At least Moshiri will get to see him play.
Phil Malone Jnr
22 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:23:12
"Gomes, Gbamin...
They're going to bang in one or two.
Gomes, Gbamin,
They're going to win the ball off you"
Jerome Shields
23 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:27:39
Good luck, and hope it works out.
Sean Callaghan
24 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:31:36
"Oh, it's prudent team to play for,
It's a fiscally responsible team to support,
And if you check the balance sheet,
It's enough to make your heart go, oh, oh, oh!"

Maybe we could try that at the weekend, Anthony A?

Bobby Mallon
25 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:40:53
Tosun is better than Calvert-Lewin — he can score bloody goals, play him!
David Pearl
26 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:44:27
Did he even go to train once with us this pre-season, or was he on holidays after sitting on the bench at the Afcon?

I'm guessing we don't think he's good enough or more effort might've been made. Even another year loan to see if he comes on. Guess we need the money in the bank. Strange all over.

Aidan Wade
27 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:50:25
Tosun, Niasse, etc will be loaned out until their contracts expire because no team they'd improve can afford their wages and there is not exactly a feeding frenzy of interest.
Bill Gienapp
28 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:58:28
I definitely wouldn't file this one under Walsh's various cock-ups. Onyekuru's signing was seen as something of a minor coup at the time, given how many clubs were after his signature, and who could have predicted he'd still be trying to secure a work permit three years later?

At the end of the day, we doubled our original investment, so it goes down as a tidy bit of business, even though it's disappointing we never got to see him in an Everton shirt.

Mark Rankin
29 Posted 12/08/2019 at 23:05:27
I wonder when all the Koeman - Walsh signings are gone, whether it was such a financial disaster after all? Even if the books are balanced, it was a footballing disaster.
Ari Sigurgeirsson
30 Posted 12/08/2019 at 23:10:29
Did Everton evet pay him salary? Just wondering.
Gavin Johnson
31 Posted 12/08/2019 at 23:26:08
Its great that the club is now in a position where they can afford to buy a hot prospect and then loan him out. It was clearly worth the gamble. We even beat PSG to his signature. The club wouldn't have expected it being such a nightmare to get his visa and there was no anticipating him hurting his knee and missing the World Cup. We more than doubled our money with all the money we got from loan fees. It was good business.
Derek Knox
32 Posted 13/08/2019 at 02:34:27
Ari, I'm pretty sure as with most loan deals, unless the two Clubs come to a special arrangement, it's generally half paid by both the loaning Club and the parent Club.
Jim Harrison
33 Posted 13/08/2019 at 06:23:03
I reckon Tosun will stay but Niasse goes.
James Marshall
34 Posted 13/08/2019 at 09:31:48
What a nightmare – we're going to miss his goals, and most of all, his presence.

Terrible shame he's going. We won't be the same without him.

Jeff Armstrong
35 Posted 13/08/2019 at 09:46:56
Brian 19, I heard from an unreliable source that teary Bill (not to be confused with teary Henry) wants to give Mirallas a contract extension, after his outstanding efforts at right-back in pre-season! Can you believe it?
Sam Hoare
36 Posted 13/08/2019 at 09:49:07
I think the wage bill is probably more telling than the net spend. If we can get Niasse, Bolasie, Martina and Mirallas out then that's over 𧶀k per week. Some of them may be hard to shift though and require subsiding like Sandro (who incidentally has scored a few good goals in pre-season).

The other big ones to shift might be Walcott and Schneiderlin who are both on 𧴜k each. I'd love to sell both of them in January and replace with the better, younger Olmo and Sangare.

Tosun is on 㿨k which is not too bad for a reserve striker who I think will be highly professional and will always give his all whilst being capable of coming on and hitting the net.

Shane Corcoran
37 Posted 13/08/2019 at 10:26:00
Is everyone happy to let both Niasse and Tosun go? I like the idea of Niasse being around in case of an injury crisis and the unpredictability of whether he'll fall over or score when he's on the pitch.
Kevin Molloy
38 Posted 13/08/2019 at 10:33:26
Given that 𧶲m that Ron-Ron splashed on a bunch of 30-somethings, I think we all need to be worried about net spend for the next 10 years. As such, I think Marcel has done an excellent job.

I must admit when I saw Moshiri last year splashing the cash on Richarlison et al, it crossed my mind that it was all just completely unsustainable and that we were headed for a disastrous crash. Thank god, though, those purchases were all sound, and so we can gradually steer ourselves away from the horror of Koeman's reign.

It's gonna be like this for the next few years though, we have to be so careful about how we invest our limited dosh.

Tom Bowers
39 Posted 13/08/2019 at 11:35:55
Bottom line when all said and done--it's all a business.
Satisfying the shareholders at the end of the year.
Conor McCourt
40 Posted 13/08/2019 at 12:03:33
Again this thread seems to highlight the walk on water attitude pertaining to Marcel Brands. Certainly we are operating in a well structured and strategic business model unlike the Walsh car crash however I don't share the view that he has excelled with outgoings.

So far I don't really see any of the deadwood being cleared. Players like Vlasic, Lookman and Henry while not being valued at Everton are certainly not the problem and it's debatable how well we have done. Certainly my granny could have got £12 million for a young player who had a fantastic scoring season and is a Nigerian international.

Brands had no problem handicapping the coach without a player from his first eleven this season so I would suggest Sam would it not have been more prudent last winter to remove some of the real deadwood like Scneiderlin, Tosun and Walcott last winter who were only squad players when others were desperate and more likely to panic. January is not a time to buy but it is to sell.

So far the only player of note that has been shifted has been McCarthy so let's see how the next few weeks plays out before heralding Brands.

Certainly the club is a different animal under his stewardship and last seasons incomings were exceptional as were the fees and capture of Gomes and Kean in particular. But we should reserve our right to question him as much as we do Silva.

Mike Corcoran
41 Posted 13/08/2019 at 12:27:50
Feck me, Wilf Bony is free and available for about £30 a week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49324968?ns_source=facebook&ns_linkname=sport&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_match_of_the_day
Brian Williams
42 Posted 13/08/2019 at 12:37:40
And there's a good reason for that Mike!
Brian Williams
43 Posted 13/08/2019 at 12:38:37
In a word, NO! Lol.
Mike Corcoran
44 Posted 13/08/2019 at 13:09:15
Christ Bri, he's only 30, wtf happened there?
Shane Corcoran
45 Posted 13/08/2019 at 13:11:45
I was reading on MOTD that McCarthy went for £3.5m. I thought it was £8.5? Poor deal if true.
Don Alexander
46 Posted 13/08/2019 at 14:03:00
Sean Callaghan (#24), very witty, you gave me a rueful smile. Cheers. If you didn't know better you'd think everyone "in" football outside the trophy winners is only concerned with personal financial gain. As if!

Moving on, wasn't this lad touted as being what we now expect of young Moise Kean? I hope we give the lad (a mere 19) a bit of slack on that basis.

James Marshall
47 Posted 13/08/2019 at 14:20:17

Macca is made of balsa wood, £3.5m was a complete rip off. They'll be lucky to get £1m per game out of him.

Shane Corcoran
48 Posted 13/08/2019 at 18:54:30
James, but which was it? I had read 8m up until Saturday. I just read 8m again on RTE. Definitely said 3.5m on MOTD.
Barry Jones
49 Posted 14/08/2019 at 02:23:34
I will never understand this complete deal, from signing to selling. What a mystery.
Denis Richardson
50 Posted 16/08/2019 at 10:21:00
Goodluck to him, hope he does well there. (Still no idea how he can get a WP there but not here...).

Profit on the sale a bonus but there's still a whole lot of dross left. I can see the likes of Mirallas, Niasse, Tosun, Walcott and Bolasie all being on the books until their contracts run down. Best outcome are loans where we still pay some of their wages but these guys are going nowhere on a perm any time soon. Same with Sandro.

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