Everton to bring back Croatian attacker this summer

Moving away from the ongoing managerial speculation and Everton are being linked with a move in this upcoming transfer window to bring back their former forward player Nikola Vlasic.

The Croatian was a Ronald Koeman buy for Everton back in 2017 but didn’t get much playing time under either Koeman or his successor Sam Allardyce when he took over from the Dutchman in November of that year.

He was one of a surfit of midfield/attacking players at the club competing with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klassen for a place in the team in the same sort of position.

This was one of the many problems with a disjointed and underperforming side that Marco Silva inherited when he became Blues boss in the summer of 2018.

Vlasic was ultimately considered surplus to requirements and was sold to CSKA Moscow, first on loan and then permanently for a knock down fee soon afterwards.

He’s been performing well in Russian football over the past two seasons and so now there are rumours that the Toffees will go back for him, especially as they still have a first refusal on the player.

It would be typical of Everton to sell a talented young footballer on the cheap and then watch him do well elsewhere and see his price tag rise significantly.

Now if the club were to buy him back it would cost the Blues twice what they received for him, another good bit of business there!

As with so many of these stories it’s very difficult to know whether there is anything to this one but any such deals will almost certainly not be done after the Euros are over, even if Everton weren’t looking for a new coach.

And Toffees Director of Football Marcel Brands will get plenty of time to watch Vlasic as Croatia are in England’s group in the Euros and play the Three Lions tomorrow.

Vlasic has certainly had a fine campaign with CSKA scoring eleven goals and creating five assists in the Russian Premier League, although the standard of football there is not at England’s level.

He is a very versatile forward – like so many modrn players are – and while he’s played mainly as a central attacker he can also operate on either flank or up front. So could he provide an effective foil for Dominic Calvert-Lewin?

Anyway, with so much uncertainty surrounding Everton and the managerial merry-go-round any talk of transfers we will have to wait until that saga has been sorted out.