Reports by The Mirror over the weekend claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to sell Harry Winks amid widespread European interest, but Marcel Brands should ensure the midfielder stays in the Premier League with a move to Everton.
The Toffees have retained an interest in Winks throughout the season despite his outcast status under Jose Mourinho, having first tried to sign the England international last summer.
However, Winks has remained on the fringes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since the mid-season market slammed shut, playing only 70 minutes of Premier League football in one appearance from a possible 10 games.
Mourinho has only started Winks in seven top-flight fixtures this term, as well as singular FA Cup and Carabao Cup ties, with the Tottenham academy product seeing his most action in the Europa League with 10 starts from a possible 13 for a combined 816 minutes on the field.
Spurs are now thought to be open to a potential deal for Winks at the end of the season, with offers of around £15m-20m expected to be enough to sign the 10-cap England international.
Everton could face strong competition from Spain in any attempts to land Winks’ signature, with Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla all hopeful of signing the midfielder who Paul Robinson feels could be the victim of a poor situation.
“He could be a victim of circumstance but, if he wants to play regularly and get back into the international side, it is not looking like it is going to be at Spurs,” Robinson told Football Insider last month. “I think he is an amazing player though, so I would be sad to see him go.”
Mourinho blocked Valencia from signing Winks on loan in January, but the progress of Oliver Skipp during a temporary spell with Norwich City is now said to have turned Tottenham’s thinking towards the 20-year-old taking up a key role next season.
Should Winks hit the market for a fee of around £15m-20m, and with Atletico Madrid reportedly needing to firstly sell players before funding a deal, Brands should move to position Everton strongly for his signature and land a huge upgrade on Fabian Delph.
Reports by The Telegraph had suggested that Delph faced an uncertain future at Goodison Park back in January as Brands sought to clear the high-earning deadwood from Everton’s bloated wage bill.
Delph eventually stuck around but has continued to steal a living on an £80,000-a-week contract, having been plagued by injuries – much to Carlo Ancelotti’s frustration – throughout his time at the club following a £10m move from Manchester City in 2019.
The former England international sustained a hamstring injury during only his second start of the Premier League season against Burnley back in December, and is yet to feature since having developed a tendon issue.
Many Blues supporters were left fuming when Ancelotti confirmed Delph’s latest issue, and suggestions are building that his time on Merseyside could reach its end this summer when he enters the final year of his lucrative deal.
Should Delph leave, Winks may emerge as a strong candidate to offer Ancelotti depth in the engine room, given he will have a point to prove, boasts experience of playing in Europe’s elite competitions for club and country and will count towards the Premier League’s homegrown quota.
The £50,000-a-week maestro is also someone who ex-Spurs goalkeeper Robinson believes is a “great” player and is good enough for any of the established top six clubs, a grouping into which Everton are striving to break.