Rafa Benitez is the newly-appointed Everton manager and has already been promised money to spend in the transfer market.
The Toffees look set to splash the cash on improving their defence, with a mega £55m bid lined up to sign Ben White.
White isn’t the only impressive defender on Everton’s radar, with Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral also taking their fancy.
The 23-year-old disappointed as Turkey exited the group stages at Euro 2020 but Benitez and Marcel Brands could still lure some of the best talent from the tournament to Goodison Park this summer.
Dubbed a “freight train” during the competition by the BBC commentary team, he’d be a wonderful acquisition on the right-hand side of defence. He possesses pace and power in abundance and scored two goals during the European Championships.
However, if Benitez is looking for someone more astute defensively and with a bit more experience, he should look no further than Kieran Trippier.
The full-back won La Liga with Atletico Madrid last season and was the subject of interest from the Toffees a few months ago.
Signed for £20m, his football has come on leaps and bounds since departing Tottenham. He has played at left-back for England at the Euros but also on his favoured right-hand side, and Everton could do with a player in that position with Seamus Coleman’s contract expiring in a year’s time.
Trippier would more than fit the bill. He leapfrogged Trent Alexander-Arnold in the England pecking order heading into the tournament and has started more often than Reece James.
Describing a previous outing for the Three Lions where the 30-year-old impressed against Belgium, Gareth Southgate commented: “Trippier was like a soldier out there, unbelievable defensive performance.”
The defender put in a similar performance on the big stage against Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020 this week. He provided two key passes, produced eight crosses and won 66% of his defensive duels in a battling performance.
Very rarely did Germany get any change from the 30-year-old as flying wing-back Robin Gosens barely advanced beyond the halfway line, failing to play a single key pass or complete a dribble.
Trippier has proven to be a particularly reliable performer for England and the defensive organisational skills he will have gained from playing under Diego Simeone have evidently made him a better player.
Benitez should definitely consider bringing him back to English football this summer.