Everton go into the final few days of the summer transfer window with the aim to further strengthen the side. There could be multiple incomings and outgoings and given that the Toffees may not be able to spend freely, they could target free agents. Adnan Januzaj has been linked to the Merseysiders on a couple of occasions.
Everton are dealing with Chelsea’s interest in Anthony Gordon. Despite rejected bids, Chelsea are still in the hope of signing Gordon before the end of the window. In fact, the Blues of London are ready to offer Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher along with £25 million in cash in exchange of Gordon.
If such a deal goes through, the Toffees will have an impressive midfielder and a prolific, developing striker in their roster. They will need to fill the winger void that Gordon would leave and there are multiple options that can be considered. Ismaila Sarr’s move to Aston Villa has fallen through, meaning he could be back on the list of potential targets. Joao Pedro is also a mooted target.
Januzaj was also considered a Gordon replacement, as per reports from Spain. The right winger is a free agent after his deal with Real Sociedad ran out. The Belgian left Manchester United and the Premier League in 2017 to join Sociedad, where he ended up playing for five years.
Free agent Adnan Januzaj waiting for an offer from Everton
Now that Januzaj is a free agent, he is eyeing attractive offers from clubs across Europe. He already had an offer from MLS side LA Galaxy. Now, as per Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri, Serie B side Venezia have shown interest in Januzaj. The 27 year old is asking for a salary of €3 million per year which makes it difficult for the Serie B club to sign the Belgian.
On the other hand, Januzaj is waiting for an offer from Everton. So far, there is nothing but Everton’s vague interest reported in Januzaj. It is still unclear whether the Toffees will launch an offer for the former Manchester United man. Given his salary demand comes down to around £50,000 per week, which isn’t an astronomical sum.
The winger can be of great use to the Toffees especially if Gordon leaves. Dwight McNeil is struggling to settle in at Merseyside and having another winger challenge him will possibly bring out the best in both of them.
Januzaj is an amazing ball carrier, registering 8.11 progressive carrier per game which is more than all available wingers at Everton. He can play in a variety of positions which gives Lampard the freedom to use multiple combinations. The cherry on top is that Januzaj will be coming on a free transfer, minimizing the economic risk in the deal. However, a lot will depend on Gordon’s fate in the upcoming days.
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