According to The Athletic, Everton are continuing to track Lyon attacker Memphis Depay’s progress, with director of football Marcel Brands known to be an admirer.
Well, The Athletic says that the Toffees failed to sign the Netherlands international when Ronald Koeman was at the helm, but they haven’t been deterred by that setback and have continued to follow the 25-year-old, rated at £49.5m by Transfermarkt, ever since.
The report says that Brands likes the player and that preliminary discussions were held over a move back in the summer, but a lack of European football for the Merseyside outfit hindered their chances.
The ACL injury the 25-year-old has sustained at the end of 2019 put paid to any hopes of revitalising a deal during the January transfer window, as per the story.
He certainly seems as he would be, given his progress in recent years.
Depay was seen as a bit of a flop when he departed Manchester United for Lyon in 2017 having scored seven goals and provided a further six assists in 53 appearances in all competitions, but he has shown a big improvement since.
The Dutchman has netted 53 goals and set up 43 more in 134 outings in total for the Ligue 1 outfit, showing the big difference he can make in the final third.
Interestingly enough, despite being known as a winger for the majority of his career, according to Transfermarkt where his positions have been recorded this term, he has played as a centre-forward more than on the left wing.
In that way he would be very similar to Richarlison, who has also played both roles for Everton in 2019/20.
That versatility on top of his clear quality would make him a strong addition for the Toffees, and remains to be seen whether they revisit a move again in the summer transfer window if he has recovered from his injury by then, and if manager Carlo Ancelotti wants him too.
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