According to The Daily Mail, Everton are now turning their attention to signing Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Mohamed Camara after discussions stalled between the club and Paris Saint-Germain’s Idrissa Gana Gueye.
As per the report, the Merseyside club had been hoping to complete a deal for Gueye this week, however, it is claimed that they have been unsuccessful so far in coming to a mutual agreement, so they have now moved on to other targets.
In terms of making signings, Everton really do not have the time to be waiting around for players, having long back and forth discussions with targets especially when the season has already started and the club need to get off to a good start.
As a result, the club’s pursuit of Camara will be warmly welcomed by the Goodison Park faithful who just want to see their team picking up points to climb the Premier League table to avoid another difficult relegation battle.
Following the signing of Amadou Onana and the heavy pursuit of Gueye, it is clear that Lampard is intent on building a new and improved central midfield partnership this summer to improve the play in the centre of the pitch, and Camara could be the perfect profile of player to slot in next to Onana.
The 22-year-old midfielder who was hailed “brilliant” by journalist Bocsák Bence is a pressing machine with 19.10 pressures and 4.17 progressive passes per 90 minutes, whilst delivering solid defensive attributes, ranking in the 83rd percentile for players across Europe’s big five leagues for both tackles and interceptions, as well as ranking in the 85th for blocks over the last 12 months.
Camara’s strengths in ball control, ground duels and positioning are a perfect match to partner with Onana whose main attributes also include both ball control and ground duels too.
The newly signed Toffees midfielder complements Camara well as he is a much better performer in some of the €30m (£25.9m) talent’s weaknesses, with Onana much more prolific in making clearances (1.67 vs 0.67) and winning aerial duels (2.06 vs 0.81) per 90 minutes.
With that being said, Lampard and the powers at Goodison Park can forget about Gueye and instead sign a young promising talent that can offer Everton years of service ahead versus bringing back a 32-year-old midfielder in the latter stages of his career.