There seems to be gathering momentum behind the club’s transfer activity this month as Everton are today being linked with possible moves for several highly-regarded young players.
The French centre-back is one of the most highly-regarded young defenders in European football and is on the radar of several top clubs, now including Everton.
At the same time as being linked with Fofana, it’s further claimed by the paper, that the Blues will also try to hijack a move by West Ham United for Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes.
Apparently the Toffees are trying to get the jump ahead of the Hammers for the much sought-after 20 year-old. Benfica, his club, are supposedly open to offers as he’s not had much playing time recently and the midfielder wants a Premier League move as his ideal outcome.
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The Star also claim that the Blues are set to announce record losses and so will have to offload a number of players before making any further signings. This they say will impede Carlo Ancelotti’s transfer strategy only weeks after he joined the club.
Talking of players who might be leaving, there are developing stories that one of the first to go will be Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is surplus to requirements under Ancelotti. This would be good news as it’s obvious he is no longer able to contribute anything to the Blues cause.
Meanwhile the Liverpool Echo are linking the club with enquiries about another couple of players playing their trade in Europe; Jeremie Boga and Yannick Carrasco.
To be honest I doubt any of these stories are anything more than purely speculation to sell papers but we will see as the next few weeks unfold.
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If there is any substance to any of these rumours then Fernandes seems the most likely of the players to be considered and the one who would also most fit with what Everton need.
Fernandes is a midfielder who would offer both defensive and attacking qualities. He is a promising, talented young player, (then aren’t they all!), and would presumably be seen as helping solve the Blues chronic lack of options in that part of the pitch.
Most of all though let’s hope that the stories about emerging financial problems at Goodison Park are not at all accurate.
Whatever the truth about finances, it would appear that loan deals would be the most realistic outcome were the Blues to eventually bring anyone new in this month.