Everton will want to sign a winger this summer regardless of who is appointed as the manager of the club. Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes is said to be on Everton’s radar. Obviously, the Toffees will first want to appoint a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid.
Once the managerial appointment is sorted, Everton director of football Marcel Brands and the new boss will closely audit the squad and prioritize the areas that need utmost attention. Everton have steel and energy in midfield but may want to bring one more quality midfielder because the likes of Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph are no longer effective.
Signing a right-back who’ll be a successor to Seamus Coleman should be priority number one. Everton struggled last season when then Irishman was injured and Mason Holgate didn’t do the required job. The Toffees have also been lambasted for lack of speed while attacking, especially in the final third.
Everton’s options at the flanks have failed to contribute to team goals and make a positive impression last season. Alex Iwobi and Bernard have staggeringly underperformed. Signing a winger is almost as important as solving the right back problems.
Fiorentina in contact with Everton target Goncalo Guedes?
According to a previous report, Everton joined the chase of Valencia winger Guedes. The Spanish side wants to cut their losses after bleeding money during the pandemic. The frail financial situation at Valencia will force the club to sell players and generate capital. Guedes has a market value of £22.5 million (Transfermarkt) and Los Che will be hoping to pocket a larger sum from his sale.
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However, the Toffees are not alone in the chase. As per Tutto Mercato Web, Fiorentina are exploring wide options in the market and have been in contact with Valencia for Guedes. Apart from Fiorentina, Spanish sides Sevilla and Villarreal also track the 24-year-old. The Portuguese forward is not the only target for La Viola, with the Italian club also keeping an eye on Riccardo Orsolini.
Guedes has been the costliest transfer in the history of the club, amounting to €40 million. While making a profit from Guedes’ sale could be a bit farfetched considering the pandemic and its aftermath on the finances of the football club, Valencia will want to recoup the most of it.
If the Royal Blues want to sign the La Liga winger, they will work diligently to get the deal done but all of this is vacillating until a new manager arrives at Goodison Park. In the meantime, there are chances that Fiorentina or any other side tracking Guedes could make a move.
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