Everton will undergo wholesale changes in the centre back department this summer. The Toffees will look to sign a new centre back and view Harry Maguire of Manchester United as an option to bolster the defence.
Yerry Mina will leave Everton as a free agent after his contract runs down this summer. The Colombian joined the Toffees in 2018 from Barcelona but has remained injury prone throughout his five year stay at Goodison Park. He was one of the top earners at the club, pocketing around £120,000 per week but his poor fitness record meant that he was never a regular part of the team.
EFC brought Conor Coady on loan last season and had an option to make the move permanent for £4.5 million. The Toffees decided against activating the buy option and the Englishman would return to Wolves for next season.
Everton are interested in Manchester United centre back Harry Maguire
The futures of Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate are also up in the air. There could potentially be a defensive revolution at Everton with the Toffees seeking new centre back options. Michael Keane has shown glimpse of his skills but has been inconsistent and cannot be nailed down as a regular starter alongside James Tarkowski.
Jarrad Branthwaite is expected to return after his loan spell at PSV but his involvement in the first team remains unknown. The youngster could be loaned out again, could be sold if the right offer comes in or Sean Dyche may decide to count on Branthwaite. Regardless, the Toffees will look to sign a centre back this summer.
According to Football Transfers, Manchester United are open to selling Maguire this summer. The Englishman is also keen to leave the Red Devils and look for newer pastures. Before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, United held a meeting to determine Maguire’s market value. The Red Devils have put a price tag of £35 million on Maguire whose contracted at United till 2025.
The former Leicester City man is also keen to leave as he is not a first team regular anymore. With the Euros scheduled in 2024, Maguire wants to play regular football to have a fair shot at selection for the England National side. Under Erik ten Hag, Maguire has slipped down the pecking order with Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof and left back Luke Shaw as preferred central defence options.
Everton are interested in a move for Maguire but they are not the only side keen on the 30 year old. Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa also view Maguire as a potential option to add depth to their defence. The Englishman has been out of form and endured a rather forgetful season at United. His error-prone defending often lead to goals and he was finally dropped out of the United side.
Everton do need defensive reinforcements but there are more reliable and young options than Maguire in the market. The Toffees could even consider Mohammed Salisu, whose deal expires in 2024 and could be open to a Premier League move after he suffered relegation with Southampton. Farhad Moshiri’s once endless pockets seem to be drying up as Everton struggles financially and in these times every dime spent must be a smart decision.
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