AS Monaco manager Niko Kovac has confirmed that the club is seeking to sell Henry Onyekuru.
Onyekuru, who contracted COVID-19, will return to Monaco today from Nigeria after returning a negative test and Kovac says the Nigerian has told him he “wants to leave.”
Onyekuru was purchased in the summer of 2019 for €13.5m from Everton – Galatasaray are currently seeking to sign him on loan for another season.
Kovac explained the reason for agreeing to sell or loan out Onyekuru and the continued need to shrink the size of the squad:
“Football is a collective sport where there are 25 or 26 players in a squad. If someone is better, he is better and he plays. For the manager, it is clear. It is very easy to understand.”
Onyekuru has been turned into a bit-part player at the Municipality club and has featured just four times for the club so far this term in the Ligue 1,with his last game way back in September, coming on for the final seven minutes in his club’s 2-1 loss at the Roazhon Park to their host, Rennes.
“He knows that the club is not counting on him this season. He is free to find a new club. It is up to his agent too to see what the best solutions are for him,” said Kovac.