Marcel Brands should repeat his genius Ben Godfrey move to replace Everton defender Seamus Coleman with Norwich City’s sought-after Max Aarons.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Toffees are interested in a swoop for the 5 ft 10 gem at the end of the season with boss Carlo Ancelotti on the look-out for a new right-sided full-back.
The Goodison Park natives are building a list of possible candidates, following prior reports that Ancelotti wishes to find his long-term successor to Coleman and could rival Manchester United for the Canaries star.
Romano also names Old Trafford as a potential destination for Aarons should he leave Carrow Road in the summer, while Bayern Munich have begun negotiations with his Championship side as well.
The Bundesliga giants are thought to have been slapped with a £30-35m valuation to strike a deal for the 21-year-old, per Sky Sports, having scouted Aarons for the past two years.
Mikel Arteta’s struggling Arsenal are keen on Aarons, too, with the Gunners said to consider him as a potential option to replace Paris Saint-Germain target Hector Bellerin at the Emirates Stadium, per CBS Sports.
Aarons has been a mainstay of Daniel Farke’s Norwich side this season having remained in Norfolk despite an expectancy that he would follow Jamal Lewis and Godfrey in sealing moves away from Carrow Road, with the defender starting all 32 second-tier fixtures so far.
Ancelotti is clearly on the hunt for his long-term option in the position given the regular links connecting Everton with possible new right-backs over the past few months, including another Arsenal target in Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion.
It remains to be seen who, if anyone, the Toffees opt to target in the summer, but the need for a new full-back could become increasingly clear over the second half of the season with Coleman only starting 10 of his 15 Premier League appearances thus far this term.
The 32-year-old is still able to offer the Blues a suitable option for the time being, having been praised for his performance in shutting down Liverpool ace Andrew Robertson during Saturday’s 2-0 Merseyside derby win at Anfield.
“I loved the way Seamus Coleman sacrificed his game to just take Andy Robertson. I think Andy Robertson got one cross in which led to a header, and that was it during the game. It’s not easy to subdue somebody like him because he is just non-stop,” Jim Beglin told Football Pass.
But with Ancelotti looking long-term, Everton’s Director of Football Brands could repeat his successful efforts to sign Godfrey and bring Aarons to Goodison Park to answer the Italian’s search.
Ancelotti has confirmed that Godfrey was a signing sourced and supported by Brands and his team, but has been impressed by how the defender has proven a hit in royal blue since ditching the Canaries.
“He has surprised me because I didn’t know him so well,” the Everton boss said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “The signing from the club, from our scouts has been good. He has been able to adapt very quickly to different positions.”
That would suggest Brands also led the negotiations with the player and his agent to convince Godfrey of life at Goodison Park, and should now repeat those talks with Aarons to reunite the pair on Merseyside.