Everton want to reinforce their frontline this summer after having limited options last season. Apart from signing a competent striker, Sean Dyche also wants to reinforce the wings and views Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga as a player who can enhance the quality in the attack.
The left winger has been a frustrated figure at Old Trafford, playing just 418 minutes of Premier League football. In fact, in the year 2023, Elanga has made just three Premier League appearances. The Sweden international was looking to leave on loan in January as he looked for regular playing time and was in talks with Everton.
EFC wanted to bring him on loan for the remainder of the season but Erik ten Hag blocked a loan move as the manager was not happy with the environment at Everton, considering they were battling relegation. Elanga has fallen down the pecking order making just a few sporadic appearances and is not an important part of the Dutch manager’s plans.
Everton interested in Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga
This summer, Everton have once again shown interest in Elanga. The 21 year old will look to leave MUFC with the Red Devils also ready to part ways with him. United have slashed his asking price by half to £10 million in a bid to attract teams to sign Elanga, who is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
According to Manchester Evening News, Nottingham Forest have also come forward showing their interest in Elanga. With Everton and Forest both keen on the 21 year old, the asking price could go up as more than one club is showing interest.
The Swede could be a versatile attacker for EFC but his numbers don’t catch the eye immediately. He hasn’t gotten extended playing time which has curtailed his consistency but even when on the pitch, he has been only able to show glimpse of his talent in short phases. Elanga as a squad player could come in handy but he still has a lot to prove before he starts knocking on the door for starting games.
Everton cannot afford to get into a bidding war for Elanga. The Toffees have a number of positions to strengthen and finances are tight and there’s little wriggle room. The Merseysiders have also been linked to Allan Saint-Maximin and Arnaut Danjuma as wide options but neither of them will be available for cheap.
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