Everton were given a huge boost in their chase for a new manager on Wednesday morning.
The Toffees had interviewed Nuno Santo for the vacant managerial role but were facing strong competition from Crystal Palace.
A deal had been agreed and he was closing in on a move to Selhurst Park after resigning at Wolves. However, the plug was pulled on a move which has now given Everton a free run at luring him to Merseyside.
If he does arrive then it will understandably change the complexion of Everton. Nuno has favoured a three-man defensive shape but tried to migrate Wolves into a team that played with four defenders last term.
Though, a move to Goodison Park could give him the license to be more attacking.
With that in mind, we’ve had a go at predicting his starting XI once the transfer window closes, if he does take over at Everton…
Much of the team remains the same from last season but crucially for the Toffees, they keep Dominic Calvert-Lewin despite interest from Manchester United.
One player who could arrive and join the Englishman in attack is Pedro Neto.
The Portuguese starred under Nuno at Wolves, scoring five goals and assisting six strikes on his way to being crowned the Old Gold’s Player of the Season for 2020/21.
The second addition to this team is in midfield where another Portuguese dynamo could sign on the dotted line.
Joao Palhinha has been linked with a move to Merseyside and could favour a switch to Goodison if his fellow countryman becomes their new manager. It’s thought Sporting Lisbon will require a fee of £35m in order to let him go.
The final transfer is at right-back where Seamus Coleman is ousted for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, another player who’s caught the eye of Everton.
The Arsenal man prefers to play in the middle of the park but his versatility could be a huge asset to Nuno.
A fee of £20m may be needed in order to prise him away from north London, leading to a potential spend of £105m from Marcel Brands.
Nuno wanted to sign Maitland-Niles when he was at Wolves so there is a real chance that he could want him at his next club too.
After all, Coleman’s contract expires in the summer of 2022 so they will need to think of younger alternatives moving forward.