It’s a quiet holiday weekend and there are few stories affecting Everton apart from continued speculation about when the Premier League might resume.
However several reports are circulating claiming Everton are again interested in summer moves for midfielders that have been previously linked to the club.
The first of these players is Juventus star Adrien Rabiot. There was feverish speculation during the January transfer window that the Toffees were trying to sign the Frenchman to shore up the centre of midfield.
The former PSG midfielder hasn’t had a great time in Italy and so a move to another club, possibly in England, seemed not entirely unrealistic.
But in the end nothing came of it then, and Rabiot stayed in Serie A. Now though, reports claim he is becoming more disillusioned with his lack of playing time and is ready to quit Juve.
This report does come from a generally respectable source; Gazzeta Dello Sport, via online platform SportWitness, who claim in a somewhat unlikely scenario, that Carlo Ancelotti has been in touch with Rabiot’s mum, who is his agent, to discuss a possible move.
Ancelotti knows him from his time in France with PSG so once more there is of course that tenuous link. It sometimes seems that the Italian manager knows literally every player in Europe!
Rabiot was a standout player at the French side, but as so often happens, a high-profile move to another European giant hasn’t quite gone to plan.
The 25-year-old is a very strong defensive player but he also has plenty of ability on the ball, which enables him to effectively support a sides’ attacking play as well.
If he could recapture his best form he would be a formidable addition to the Blues team and certainly ticks the boxes in terms of what Ancelotti wants in midfield.
Another robust midfielder Everton were linked with previously is the Southampton player Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
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Well according to the Daily Telegraph his contract is ending next year and while Tottenham are in the driving seat in terms of any transfer, the Toffees are still interested in exploring a possible deal for the Danish player.
Hojbjerg has solid defensive attributes but certainly wouldn’t offer the sort of creative and attacking flair that Rabiot possesses. Again like the Frenchman, Hojbjerg is young enough to fall into that category of players that Marcel Brands likes to recruit.
But I can’t see why Everton would look at buying him when they have a similar player already on the books in Jean-Philippe Gbamin. I really don’t see this one has any legs to it, but then again, as we’ve said so often before, do any of these stories?!