Everton, here’s the starting XI you could’ve had by now…

2016 has been an interesting year for Everton so far.

A disappointing end to the 2015/16 season saw Roberto Martinez sacked as head coach of the Premier League side, and he has since been replaced with Ronald Koeman.

Everton’s poor end to the season has prompted the club to ensure that their squad is good enough to compete in the Premier League next season, with anything less than a top 8 finish typically considered an abject failure.

In order to achieve this, the club have reportedly been targeting a host of top players this summer; and as evidenced by the lack of signings – they have been largely unsuccessful so far.

In fact, you could build an entire team out of players that Everton have unsuccessful targeted so far…

 GK: Asmir Begovic

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Despite capturing Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg this summer, reports in the British press linked Koeman’s side with a move for Chelsea backup keeper Asmir Begovic.

The deal does make sense; Begovic is reportedly unhappy at being second choice, and he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

However, with just two weeks until the Premier League starts; the deal looks dead in the water – and Begovic looks set for another season on the bench.

 CB: Kalidou Koulibaly

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Another rumour that linked Everton with Chelsea, both sides in Blue were reportedly chasing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

However, like their fellow English side; Everton were priced out of a move for the defender after Napoli demanded close to £50million for his signature.

 CB: Ashley Williams

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A very recent and on-going saga; Ashley Williams is a firm target for Everton.

After having a £10million bid rejected, Everton look set to go back in for the Swansea captain, but the deal looks unlikely to happen.

Swansea appear firm in their fondness of their captain, and are refusing to let him go – regardless of price.

 CB: Daniele Rugani

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An audacious attempt was also made by Everton to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

A £25million bid was reportedly rejected by the Italian side, forcing The Blues to look elsewhere for a new central defender.

Hard luck.

 RM: Nani

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Very little information was known about the details of this deal, but since the arrival of Ronald Koeman at Everton this summer – Nani has been a purported target.

The ex-Man Utd star is keen on a move back to the Premier League, but so far that hasn’t happened

With no news in several weeks; it looks like the deal isn’t going to happen this summer.

 CM: Axel Witsel

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Another high-profile Everton target; everyone knows about The Toffee’s chase for the Belgian midfielder.

At certain moments the deal looked imminent, but as the Premier League season nears ever closer; there is still no news.

We can only assume that the club have been priced out of the deal.

 CM: Juan Mata

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Juan Mata’s name has consistently been linked with the exit door this summer since the arrival of Jose Mourinho; and Everton were almost immediately thrown into the hat for his signature.

However, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to hold onto the ex-Chelsea man; this deal looks like it is unlikely this summer.

Unfortunate – he would have been a top signing for The Toffees.

 CM: Morgan Schneiderlin

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Constantly linked with the chance to reunite with his old boss Ronald Koeman; Morgan Schneidetrlin’s proposed move to Everton has slowed down as of late.

With no new news, we can assume that the deal is off. What we do know however is that Everton had concrete interest in the talented midfielder; and with Besic now out for six months – missing out on this deal could prove vital.

 LM: Georginio Wijnaldum

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Georginio Wijnaldum was consistently linked with a move to Everton before his later transfer to Liverpool; with Ronald Koeman reportedly keen to bolster his attacking options.

Eventually going for over £20million, Everton will likely have been priced out of the deal. But what a signing he would have been

CAM: Gylfi Sigurdsson

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Another star that seemingly rejected Everton this summer is Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Everton reportedly bid around £25million for the Icelandic star’s signature, but it has since been revealed that he is set to sign a new contract with the Welsh giants.

A real talent of a player; it seems that Gylfi was keen to stay in Wales, rather than make the trip to Merseyside.

 FWD: Pelle

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Another player that Ronald Koeman was keen to link up with once again is ex-Southampton star Pelle.

With Everton reportedly keen to conclude a deal within several days, out of nowhere Pelle moved to China on a lucrative contract.

Everton fans have since directed anger towards the Italian forward for choosing cash over a Premier League stay; but in reality they are just frustrated because they’ve missed out on a quality striker.

 


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