Marcel Brands is reportedly willing to use Henry Onyekuru as a pawn in the market to avoid Everton paying a transfer fee, but the future star can double his wages should he move elsewhere.
Onyekuru has been expected to return to Merseyside once his one-season loan with Galatasaray comes to an end in the coming weeks, but Takvim are reporting that we are willing to offer Besiktas the chance to take the Nigerian on a two-season deal in the summer.
The suggested move from one Istanbul side to another has been tipped as a get-around for Everton over the transfer fee for Cenk Tosun.
While we agreed to take the Turkish striker from the Black Eagles in 2018 for £27million, the club are yet to sanction the final €5m (£4.3m) instalment and have instead put forward the idea of Onyekuru moving to the Vodafone Park in the summer – with what would be the loan fee considered the final instalment for Tosun.
Besiktas President Fikret Orman is said to be excited by the idea, but a final decision cannot be made until the Black and Whites’ Presidential elections are concluded on Sunday.
Should Orman succeed in retaining his position, it is thought that the transfer of Onyekuru to the current third-placed Super Lig side will be achieved.
That should not be taken as a final decision from our perspective, however, as fotoMac have also run a report on Onyekuru’s future, but from the point of view of his current loan side Galatasaray.
They are suggesting that the current league-leading Super Lig outfit are willing to double Onyekuru’s wage from €1.3million-a-year to €2.6m (jumping from £1.1m to £2.2m), so that Faith Terim will be able to call on the 21-year-old’s services for another season.
FotoMac also suggest this proposal has already been put to Everton chiefs, and may be what Aslanlar’s representatives were sent to England for when they were reportedly due to fly over to request another one-season loan.
Sending Onyekuru on another loan deal to the Turk Telekom Arena, rather than Besiktas’ Vodafone Park, may be more appealing to Brands and Marco Silva should our 2017 signing fail to secure a work permit for a third time.
With nine international caps to his name, and a regular spot in the Super Eagles eleven under Gernot Rohr, he should stand an even greater chance of obtaining a work permit next year – if he fails again this season.
The decision may come down to what Brands values more, then; two years without Onyekuru so that Tosun’s transfer fee is paid off, or one more year without the winger and pay the fee in the hopes he becomes available in 2020.