Marcel Brands should look to revive Everton’s interest in AFC Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma amid Carlo Ancelotti’s plans to sign a winger this summer.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees will prioritise the arrival of a new wide forward and right-back in the next transfer window.
The Goodison Park outfit feel there is a lot of depth to the attacker market this summer and will focus efforts on signing a left-footed option between the age of 20-25/6.
Ancelotti currently has no natural left-footed wide player with James Rodriguez’s best position through the centre, while Richarlison, Alex Iwobi, Joshua King, Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Anthony Gordon all favour their right.
Everton are also expected to part with right-footed wingers Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie once their contracts expire in June, and only have one left-footed forward in the Under 23s in Josh Bowler.
Moise Kean, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, may also leave at the end of the term, with Everton viewing the Italian striker as their most sellable asset to help generate additional funds for summer arrivals.
The Liverpool Echo do not name any players who may be on Everton’s radar to improve Ancelotti’s wide forward options this summer, but a player they have previously been linked with, Danjuma, should be one worth considering despite being right-footed.
The Daily Mail noted in 2019 that the Toffees, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were among a clutch of Premier League clubs tracking Danjuma while the attacker played for Club Brugge before sealing a £13.5m move to Bournemouth.
A string of injuries heavily impacted the Dutch international’s debut campaign at the Vitality Stadium, with Danjuma only making 16 appearances across all competitions as the Cherries were relegated to the Championship.
A hamstring injury again ensured he would miss game time over the winter this term, but Danjuma is absolutely flying in the second-tier now that he is fully fit with eight goals and five assists in his last 10 games to take his tally for the campaign to 14 goals, seven assists.
Of those goals, seven have come with his left foot and seven with his right, despite favouring the latter – only natural left-footer Andre Ayew (13) and centre-forward Adam Armstrong (9) have scored more with their left in the Championship this term, per WhoScored.
Danjuma’s efforts as the Cherries contend for an immediate top-flight return have again attracted Premier League interest, with West Ham and Southampton touted as potential suitors for the 24-year-old livewire.
Brands beating the Hammers and Saints to the punch would see the Blues Director of Football gift Ancelotti a forward Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate considers an “exceptional” talent, and one the Dutchman previously worked with.
Brands told NRC back in 2018 that he let Danjuma leave PSV Eindhoven while at the Eredivisie giants, after he requested to be allowed to join Club Brugge after failing to establish himself in the first-team at the Philips Stadion.
PSV’s loss is now proving to be to Bournemouth’s gain, but for how much longer he remains in red-and-black remains to be seen. Especially if Brands were to revive Everton’s interest amid Ancelotti’s search for a new wide forward this summer.