Everton’s Farhad Moshiri could hire the club’s own Marcelo Bielsa in Ralf Rangnick this summer, after confirmation of Carlo Ancelotti’s departure to Real Madrid.
The shock news that Ancelotti would be making his return to the Santiago Bernabeu has left the Toffees in the lurch in terms of hiring a new boss, and already, there have been plenty of names linked with the top job.
And now, according to The Telegraph, Everton are eyeing a move for the 62-year-old Rangnick, who is currently out of football after leaving his position as head of sport and development at Red Bull.
The report adds that fellow Premier League side Spurs are also interested in him, so the Toffees may have to get a move on to get him through the door.
Given the fine success and plaudits Bielsa has earned at Leeds after the Yorkshire club’s impressive return to the Premier League, finding Everton’s own version of the Argentine could really help transform the Toffees just like Bielsa has at their Elland Road counterparts.
And in Rangnick, they could find exactly that man.
The Athletic described his approach as being “Bielsa-esque” as he plays a high-pressing game that looks to dominate on the front-foot – it’s perhaps no surprise then that he is actually renowned as being the pioneer of the ‘gengenpress’ system.
As well as that, Rangnick has also been dubbed as “a professor, a scientist of football,” and the “architect” of RB Leipzig’s rise into a Champions League outfit, bringing through the likes of Timo Werner, Naby Keita and Marcel Sabitzer in his time there at the club.
And when links emerged between Rangnick and Spurs, former Leeds man Noel Whelan spoke of the kind of similar impact that he could have just like Bielsa at Leeds.
He said: “When you’ve got experience, that amount of knowledge in the game and you’ve helped along some really fantastic managers to present, you do think to yourself: ‘The German Marcelo Bielsa.’
“Bielsa had that with Pochettino and other managers as well, that massive respect. You look for somebody that can improve a team, that has experience. However, we didn’t know too much about Marcelo Bielsa when he came to Leeds United. Let’s not start judging until he’s started the season and see where they end up. You can never rule out anybody at any age.”
Given how Leeds fans have taken to Bielsa, both in terms of the results and the attacking football the Argentine has instilled at the club, the same could happen on Merseyside were Moshiri able to convince Rangnick to take the reins at Goodison Park.
Toffees fans would be buzzing to have someone transform their club like Rangnick could do.
And in other news, Brands is heading for a summer transfer disaster at Everton.