Everton can land Carlo Ancelotti his own Ilkay Gundogan in rumoured transfer target Mahmoud Dahoud of Borussia Dortmund.
According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees are monitoring Dahoud’s situation at the Signal Iduna Park after his recent resurgence under interim head coach Edin Terzic.
His efforts since the start of February have helped Dortmund enjoy an upturn in form, beating rivals FC Schalke 04 and storming to a two-goal lead at Bayern Munich before the Bavarian side mounted a devastating comeback.
Dahoud’s role in Terzic’s plans is understood to have Premier League clubs on alert ahead of the summer transfer market, with Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City all tracking the Syria-born 25-year-old.
Chelsea and City had sought to sign the £7.5m-rated talent from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017 before he sealed his Dortmund switch, and penned a five-year, £69,000-per-week contract that is due to have just 12-months remaining this June.
Dahoud also had European interest in January with Ruhr Nachrichten, via Bulinews, citing Serie A side US Sassuolo plus Ligue 1 duo Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco as potential destinations for the Germany international.
He won his first two caps under Joachim Low during the October and November breaks and could be named in his squad for the March internationals on Friday, after scoring his second of the season in Dortmund’s Champions League Last 16 win over Sevilla.
While Dahoud had been a bit-part player for Dortmund earlier in the campaign, he has begun to establish a crucial role for himself under Terzic that could see Everton look fondly on a swoop in the summer transfer market.
The Toffees’ Director of Football Marcel Brands holding successful negotiations with BVB over Dahoud could also see the Goodison Park outfit hire Ancelotti his own Gundogan, as the 25-year-old has been likened to the Manchester City star previously.
Dahoud and Gundogan – the man he replaced at the Signal Iduna Park – are seen to operate with a similar silky style when in possession, able to glid into an attacking position and provide either the perfect pass or test opposing goalkeepers.
Pep Guardiola has benefited greatly from Gundogan this term, and lauded the ex-Dortmund star as “one of the most intelligent, wisest players I have ever trained, I have ever seen,” earlier this month.
There may be no guarantees that Dahoud can offer the same clinical touch in the final third, yet there would not be much that Ancelotti would doubt about the midfielder offering at Everton.
“He covers a lot of ground, can dribble really well and is quick. He can do a lot of things,” Favre said, via quotes by Bundesliga.com, ahead of Dahoud’s maiden call-up to the senior Germany side.