Everton and mediocrity appear to go hand in hand at the moment.
After the Toffees finished in tenth place last season, Rafa Benitez has hardly set the world alight when it comes to strengthening their first team.
Everton have already concluded three deals this summer with Demarai Gray arriving from Bayer Leverkusen, Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth and Andros Townsend on a free transfer.
Those acquisitions will bolster their squad depth more than anything but Benitez appears to be on the verge of wrapping up a move of a similar calibre.
Recent reports dictate that the Merseyside outfit have stolen a march on Celtic in the race to sign Aurelio Buta.
The right-back plays his club football for Royal Antwerp in Belgium but Everton are set to lure him to the Premier League.
It’s thought a deal will cost as little as £3m.
There is no doubting that Buta possesses immense talent and at the price tag mooted, you can’t really go wrong.
He has been described as one of the best full-backs in Belgian football by journalist Aster Nzeyimana, which will no doubt go down well with supporters.
You also can’t deny their need for more depth at right-back with Seamus Coleman’s contract expiring in a year’s time.
However, in a window where Everton have been linked to Denzel Dumfries, it would be strange if they left that interest behind.
After all, the Dutchman could be snapped up for just £15m this summer and would surely be a better investment.
He is proven on the international stage and in one of Europe’s top leagues.
You only need to recollect his form at Euro 2020 to understand why they have to sign him instead. He scored twice for the Netherlands and was a dominant force going forward.
Dumfries’ speed, energy and power were like very few full-backs in the modern game as he ran rampant on the flanks.
He looks destined to leave this month and with such a good opportunity to sign him, fans will surely be angry if they don’t chase up their interest.
Buta is adept at going forward, making 1.7 key passes per match this term, but he is not of the calibre of Dumfries.
This would be yet another strange deal to add to the collection at Goodison Park this summer.