Arsenal midfield transfer plan takes major twist as Bayern Munich fail to secure Fulham deal

Belgium's midfielder #24 Amadou Onana controls the ball during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group E football match between Ukraine and Belgium at the Stuttgart Arena in Stuttgart on June 26, 2024.
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Bayern Munich are weighing up a move for Arsenal target Amadou Onana as they struggle to agree a fee with Fulham for Joao Palhinha.

The Gunners are keen to bolster their midfield ranks this summer to ensure they have enough depth to compete in all competitions, including the Premier League and Champions League next season. Thomas Partey could leave Arsenal, too, meaning the need for another midfielder would be more prominent if he is sold.

And Onana has emerged as someone that the Gunners could sign this summer. The Belgium international has been linked with a move away from Everton as they look to raise funds to improve their financial situation. Manchester United and Arsenal are among those interested in his services.

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And now, Bayern Munich have firmly joined the race. According to the Liverpool ECHO, Bayern are considering making a move for Onana if they cannot agree a deal to sign Palhinha. New Bayern boss Vincent Kompany is an admirer of his fellow Belgian and could be a cheaper, more realistic option.

Onana joined Everton from Lille for £33million plus add-ons in August 2022. He made 35 appearances in all competitions during his maiden campaign at Goodison Park, impressing which sparked interest from other clubs last summer. He stayed put, however, and continued to shine under Sean Dyche last term.

Speaking back in February, his agent revealed the Belgian rejected a move away from Everton in the January transfer window. "We could have left this winter," said Melissa Onana. "But we once again sat down and asked the question whether it’s the right time, if the player is ready. My job is to put opportunities on the table.

"In the end, he's the one who makes the choice because it's his life and his career. I put the opportunities on the table and he said 'No, I want to stay at Everton and I want to continue to fight'."

Last month, Onana then opened up on his future and admitted playing for a "top club" is something he strives for. In an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws, Onana said: "At previous tournaments you have seen that the players who did well make the step up to the top clubs. That’s something I strive for.

"I feel like presenting myself to the European top and showing what I have to offer. This European Championship is a stage."