Everton join hunt for PSG defender Berchiche

According to The Guardian, Everton are hopeful of being able to convince Paris Saint-Germain defender Yuri Berchiche to move to the Premier League at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

Everton are expected to be busy in this summer’s transfer window as they look to close the gap on the top six in the Premier League during the 2018-19 campaign.

A number of players have been linked with the Toffees in recent weeks, and according to The Guardian, PSG full-back Berchiche is very much on the club’s wish-list.

The 28-year-old is said to be considering his future in Paris, and La Liga duo Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are both believed to be admirers.

According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Berchiche is valued at £15.3m, and there is no question that Everton would be interested at that price.

Would Berchiche fit in at Everton?

Leighton Baines is certainly not getting any younger, and Everton do not exactly have a wealth of options when it comes to the left-back position, which has been an issue with the club’s fans.

Berchiche joined PSG on a free transfer from Real Sociedad last summer, and the Spaniard has scored twice and provided five assists in 29 appearances for his French club this season.

The defender is a full-back capable of both attacking and defending to a high standard, and actually started his professional career with Tottenham Hotspur, which included a loan spell at Cheltenham Town back in 2009.

The former Spain Under-17 international has come a long way since then, and has more than held his own at PSG during the 2017-18 campaign.

Everton will face competition from a number of clubs if they wish to sign Berchiche this summer, but it could turn out to be a very smart piece of business from the Toffees if they manage to pull it off.