Everton must avoid signing £18 million midfielder in the summer

Everton are hoping to make their biggest leap in recent years and qualify for Europe. European football unlocks new realms of financial winnings as well as marketing liberty but it also allows the club to attract bigger superstars to the club. The rumour mill has begun as names such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey flash on the newsfeed every now and then.

Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at Goodison Park allowed Everton to flex their muscle and sign the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan. Signings that previously looked to be out of reach even in the wildest of dreams may just become possible because of Ancelotti’s aura and presence at the club.

Despite the few gaping holes in the squad, the Italian manager has managed to extract the maximum from a side that has constantly been suffered due to injuries and lack of squad depth in certain areas.

Everton’s central midfield houses Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Allan and Doucoure form the heart of the midfield whereas Gomes and Davies have played an important role. Delph’s never-ending injury problems don’t offer any confidence to Ancelotti regarding the squad’s depth and we are yet to see Gbamin’s unknown quantities.

The Royal Blues will look for a midfielder in the summer to add more steel in the middle of the park. According to the Mirror, Everton could be a destination for Juventus midfielder Ramsey who is likely to be sold this summer as the Bianconeri rebuild their squad.

Everton must avoid Aaron Ramsey

However, tempting it may look, Everton must not indulge in signing the Welshman and instead look for another potent midfielder. Ramsey moved to Juventus on a free transfer in 2019 but since then has failed to nail down a starting spot. His fluctuating displays don’t convince the Juventus hierarchy and the drop in performances is glaringly evident.

Niggling issues troubled him last season, forcing him to miss one or two games here and there from time to time. Muscular problems don’t seem to leave him as he has nine games so far. The injury issues make him very inconsistent, something that Everton can’t afford to have as they continue to suffer from repercussions of one such deal in Delph. His midfield genius comes intertwined with his inconsistency.

With Everton ambitious for a European spot, they should be looking at young midfielders who are in their prime and be a part of a long term project. Ramsey at 30 doesn’t offer such long term security. The Toffees can actually target emerging players about to enter their prime rather than a player in his thirties looking for a new opportunity.

Secondly, his astronomical wages of £400,000 per week cannot and should not be matched by the Toffees. He’ll have to take a gigantic pay cut to adhere to the standard wages of the Everton roster. With his contract running till 2023 and having a market value of £18 million, the Welshman wouldn’t be a cheap or a smart signing.

Though a return to the Premier League may sound exciting, Everton shouldn’t be the club offering him a way back. The Merseysiders are in a comfortable position to attract better and younger talent.

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