Everton have hardly had a barnstorming summer but their hopes of bringing a few players on deadline day to Goodison Park appear doubtful.
Rafa Benitez hasn’t had a great deal of money to spend, but even with shrewd deals lined up ahead of the final day of the window, everything could end frustratingly.
Everton have a few moves they’re looking to complete before the window slams shut at 11pm.
Salomon Rondon could arrive from China while Porto’s Luis Diaz is another option. It was thought that the Argentine winger would move to Goodison Park with James Rodriguez heading in the opposite way.
However, that deal has now hit a major snag, according to The Times’ Paul Joyce.
He revealed that a move has hit a stumbling block and it’s one which reportedly hinges around Rodriguez. Reports claim that the Colombian could now be heading for Italy, which would put Diaz’s move to England in severe doubt.
This was a deal which looked perfect. Everton were getting rid of a player who didn’t want to play for the club anymore and in return, they were getting an exciting and flashy South American forward.
Rodriguez’s time at the Toffees has ended in bizarre fashion, with the Colombian leaving supporters perplexed a few weeks ago when he admitted he didn’t even know who their next opponents were.
However, he’s set to leave a further bitter taste in their mouths if he chooses to head to Italy instead of Portugal.
If Everton do want to secure the services of Diaz, then it really does feel like now or never for Marcel Brands. After all, it’s been made abundantly clear this summer that Everton don’t actually have a great deal of money to spend.
Thus, if Rodriguez doesn’t go to Porto, then a move will have to be completely forgotten about.
According to Transfermarkt, Diaz is valued at £22.5m. In years gone by, Everton wouldn’t baulk at a price like that, but considering that they struggled to sign Denzel Dumfries, it doesn’t bode well at all for a bigger financial outlay.
He only cost Inter Milan €12.5m (£10.7m) but that was too much for Benitez and co.
Everton have started the Premier League season in fine fettle but they look set to end their transfer window poorly.