Everton could complete this summer’s revolution by signing a new centre-back but time is quickly running out with only ten days to go in the transfer window…
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Toffees have Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori at the top of their shortlist but they won’t get him easy.
He claims that Frank Lampard would ideally like to keep the 22-year-old at Stamford Bridge and instead loan out Antonio Rudiger.
It means Carlo Ancelotti’s attentions have turned to Barcelona outcast Jean-Clair Todibo but is that the right call?
Tomori has already gained valuable experience in the Premier League and perhaps could be the safer option if the Toffees hierarchy can tempt Lampard into agreeing.
And he probably should after Kurt Zouma’s successful spell at Goodison Park. He’s since gone onto be a first-choice option.
The Canadian-born Englishman played 15 times last season, averaging 2.8 clearances, 2.3 aerials won, 1.9 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game, via WhoScored.
No central defender that started more than 20 games for the Toffees managed to average anywhere near that number of tackles.
His meteoric rise has drawn glowing endorsements from across football during the past 18 months or so – Lampard lauded his 6 foot 1 colossus as a “great talent” who had been “outstanding” against Lille in the Champions League.
Whilst Shaun Goater told FootballFanCast that he looks like “a typical modern-day centre-back” and that if he continues to improve, he’ll be a “£100m player” one day.
Given that Harry Maguire cost £80m in the current transfer climate, there’s a good chance that Tomori could but that’s only if the incredible prospect reaches his potential.
Either way, he’d clearly be a perfect addition for Ancelotti as Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite face time on the sideline, and it would surely a win-win for Chelsea too.
Brands must convince Lampard into a move.
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