Everton’s pre-season preparations have been thrown into chaos following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti nearly a week ago.
The Italian left for Real Madrid and now the Toffees hierarchy are desperately searching for a new manager as fans console themselves with the latest jackpotjoy sign up offer.
One of the favourites for the job at the moment appears to be Nuno Santo.
He resigned as manager of Wolves in the lead up to the final game of the Premier League campaign and is now a free agent for Farhad Moshiri to lure to Goodison Park.
Talks have reportedly taken place and an interview has gone well according to reports.
If he does move to Everton then he could bring one of his former players to Merseyside with him. That’s per the Liverpool Echo who suggest that the Toffees are admirers of Pedro Neto.
The 21-year-old was one of the best young players in the top-flight of English football this term, scoring five goals and registering six assists in the league alone.
Those aren’t the most eye-catching numbers but his mazy dribbling and frantic pace can cause trouble for any defence in the league.
Speaking about Neto earlier this term, Jamie Redknapp commented: “He is sensational on the ball, he has got a real presence and size when he moves with the ball, he loves to face people up, go one-on-one, go either way as well – such a talent, he really is.”
Manchester United were linked with a mega £50m move for him a few months ago so he won’t come cheap if Everton want to reunite him with Nuno.
If they did link up again it could be quite the duo for the Goodison Park faithful to watch.
That’s because the former Wolves boss has already played such an important part in his development. The Portuguese manager was the one to bring him to England and he’s become a real star since.
Speaking after he scored against Southampton in February, Nuno stated: “When they [Neto & Adama Traore] have the ball and they can release this talent they become unpredictable and very difficult to stop.”
Having racked up two key passes and 2.1 dribbles per game in 2020/21, he is clearly a huge threat.
Combine him with Nuno at Everton and it has the potential to lift Everton up the table. They understand how each other work and Neto clearly loves the manager’s methods.
It would be a match made in heaven for the club’s hierarchy.