Everton winger Henry Onyekuru has rejected a potential move to AS Monaco in favouring of securing his return to Galatasaray, according to Pulse Sports.
The Nigerian forward was set to travel to the Principality to undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 side ahead of a £13.7million transfer, but is understood to have turned down Leonardo Jardim’s advances as he sees his future in Istanbul.
Onyekuru spent the recent Super Lig season on loan with Cimbom after being denied a UK work permit upon his return from a temporary spell in Belgium with RSC Anderlecht, and impressed many with his efforts at the Turk Telekom Arena as they clinched the Turkish top-flight title over inner-city rivals Basaksehir.
Everton again applied for Onyekuru to obtain a permit to make his long-awaited Blues debut, but are understood to have seen their application denied given the Super Eagles international did not earn enough caps to meet the 75% threshold required.
Being rejected for a third time had seen reports surface in Turkey suggesting we had offered Galatasaray the chance to sign the AS Monaco target, but the alleged deal would have seen the 22-year-old return to Cimbom on loan with an obligation to buy next summer.
Les Monegasques, on the other hand, are understood to have offered a straight permanent transfer that would give the Blues an added financial boost ahead of Deadline Day, with deals yet to be finalised for Juventus’ Moise Kean or a new centre-back to replace former Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma.
It remains to be seen if Galatasaray will be able to reach an agreement with Director of Football Marcel Brands to secure Onyekuru’s return to Istanbul, as the Super Lig side’s financial position has made sales a necessity if they are to acquire any new names.
Monaco may yet be able to tempt the 5 ft 7 winger to join Jardim’s squad at the Stade Louis II, leaving the Goodison Park exit door wide open for Onyekuru to depart Merseyside without ever wearing Royal Blue.
Pulse Sports add that the in-demand £31,000-a-week forward has also confirmed serious interest had been shown in him by Bayern Munich, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund earlier in the summer.
During his loan spell in the Super Lig, Onyekuru netted 14 goals in 31 games, including key strikes against rivals Istanbul Basaksehir, Besiktas, and Fenerbahce.