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Yankuba Minteh chooses Everton over Olympique Lyonnais

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Gambian midfielder Yankuba Minteh has made his decision amidst interest from both Olympique Lyonnais and Everton following an impressive 2023-2024 season with Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Minteh has opted to prioritize a move to Everton, informing Newcastle United, his current club, of his choice.

This decision comes as a disappointment to Olympique Lyonnais, who were keen on securing the young talent.

The French club even submitted a bid to Newcastle in hopes of outmaneuvering Everton.

Newcastle is reportedly seeking around 30 million euros for the 21-year-old, and it remains uncertain if Lyon’s offer can match Everton’s financial muscle.

The Toffees, with their greater resources, appear to have the upper hand in this transfer saga.

Minteh’s performance at Feyenoord has not gone unnoticed. His dynamic play and consistency have made him a sought-after player in the transfer market.

His contributions were instrumental in Feyenoord’s campaign, drawing the attention of top-tier European clubs.

Bakary Bojang, Minteh’s agent, has acknowledged the widespread interest and ongoing negotiations for his client.

“We have agreed terms with one of the clubs in communication with us. The rest now belongs to Newcastle,” Bojang told Chronicle Live.

This statement confirms that while personal terms have been settled with one club, the final decision rests with Newcastle United regarding the transfer fee.

Should the deal with Everton go through, Minteh would be joining a club looking to strengthen its squad following a challenging season.

Everton’s manager will likely view Minteh as a key addition to bolster the midfield, aiming to climb the Premier League table in the upcoming season.

The club’s interest in young, talented players fits with its strategy to build a more competitive and dynamic team.

For Olympique Lyonnais, Minteh’s decision represents a significant setback.

The French club has been actively seeking to enhance its squad to regain its standing in Ligue 1.

Missing out on Minteh means they will need to shift focus to other potential targets to fulfill their ambitions.

Newcastle United, holding Minteh’s contract, stands to benefit from this transfer, especially if Everton meets their financial demands.

The Magpies have been strategic in their player sales and acquisitions, and the funds from Minteh’s sale could be reinvested to further strengthen their squad.

Yankuba Minteh’s choice to join Everton over Olympique Lyonnais marks a pivotal moment in the young midfielder’s career.

With both clubs vying for his signature, Everton’s financial capability and project seem to have swayed his decision.

As the transfer window progresses, finalizing this move will be crucial for all parties involved.

Newcastle United, Everton, and Minteh himself will be looking to confirm the details and make this high-profile transfer official, setting the stage for an exciting new chapter in Minteh’s promising career.

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