Everton have been no strangers to spending big in recent years but if they are to finally break into the Premier League’s top six, they will have to spend again this summer.
One of Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest priorities in the transfer market is to sign a winger. Strangely enough, they could find that in a player they’ve targeted for a number of years.
It wouldn’t be a transfer window without Everton considering a move for Wilfried Zaha.
Back in 2019, the Toffees planted a jaw-dropping bid of £70m plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy but it was amazingly rejected by Crystal Palace.
Ancelotti’s men were interested in the Ivorian again last summer but reports of a fresh switch are beginning to emerge again.
According to Goal, Everton are set to battle Spurs to sign Zaha in a £40m chase.
However, a deal could be complicated by a new manager arriving and Ebere Eze’s long-term injury at Selhurst Park.
This deal has plenty of similarities to the one that brought Yannick Bolasie to Goodison Park back in 2016 for £25m.
A lively trickster, Bolasie had set the Premier League alight with some devastating moments of play for Palace.
Unfortunately, his career tailed off after his move to Merseyside. The winger only played 32 games for the Toffees before an ACL injury ruined his stay.
He looked promising but ultimately failed to thrive at Goodison.
Zaha is comparable in terms of their style of play but hopefully, he’d be able to avoid the treatment table if he made the same move from London.
He has been a wonderful servant for Palace and on his day, he is one of the most electrifying players in the Premier League.
If he did pen terms with Ancelotti’s side, he’d be a marvellous capture. Speaking about the forward after being linked with Arsenal, Mikel Arteta said this term: “I think he’s a terrific player and I think the impact he’s had in the Premier League in the last few years has been phenomenal. His ability to create chances on his own is unique.”
Ian Wright, meanwhile, described him as “unstoppable” after a clash with Norwich last season.
It’s certainly easy to see why. Zaha’s dribbling stats are remarkable. Throughout his career, the 28-year-old has amassed 3.6 dribbles per game. That’s fairly similar to Bolasie’s tally of 2.9 during his final term with Palace.
Combine that number with the goals Zaha has now added to his game – he netted 11 this term – and it makes for a very attractive signing.
Marcel Brands must do his best to finally lure the Ivory Coast international to Everton.