Rafa Benitez may have been promised money to spend after penning terms with Everton but he already faces a few in-house problems.
The Toffees could relinquish their grasp on the dynamic James Rodriguez after enjoying just a year of his services. The Colombian has been linked with a move to AC Milan, while his former employers Real Madrid could also get involved in the race.
Everton also face the prospect of losing Dominic Calvert-Lewin after a career-best season of 21 goals. The tall striker has been touted with an incredible move to Real Madrid, while Manchester United have reportedly enquired about his services.
They slapped a price tag of £80m on his shoulders before Benitez arrived, but if anyone does meet their valuation or if an agreement is reached, they’ll undoubtedly need a replacement.
One man to whom they could look to fill the burden is Austrian forward Sasa Kalajdzic.
The two-metre (6 foot 7) colossus has been playing for his country at Euro 2020 but wasn’t afforded too many opportunities to showcase his devastating talents, although he did come off the bench to score late on during Austria’s extra-time defeat to Italy in the last 16.
Capable of rising high above his opponents, the forward is quite alike Calvert-Lewin, a player who won plenty of aerial battles last season.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast earlier this year after the 23-year-old was linked with Everton, editor-in-chief at Get German Football News Daniel Pinder said: “I think they’re quite similar in terms of goal threat, but Kalajdzic can drop deep and play as a central attacking midfielder or as a false nine, so he can offer a lot to Everton.”
While Calvert-Lewin won 4.7 aerial duels per game in 2020/21, Kalajdzic won just 2.9 per match in comparison. Considering his immense height, that may come as a surprise, but he knows how to hold the play up and, crucially, can score goals in abundance.
With that phrase ringing fresh in your ears, there’s probably no better time to suggest that the attacker would be perfect for Everton. That said, his addition may have to come at the price of losing their 2020/21 top scorer to pastures new.