Everton should forget Ben Gibson and make ambitious Manuel Akanji move instead

According to reports in the Northern Echo on June 21, Everton are keen to sign Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, but they should forget about him and make an ambitious move for Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji, rated at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, instead following his latest 2018 World Cup display for Switzerland.

What’s the word, then?

Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson celebrates

Well, the Northern Echo reports that the Toffees are targeting a move for the Boro captain this summer, with new boss Marco Silva keen to strengthen his central defensive options with Ramiro Funes Mori already being sold, Ashley Williams likely to be sold and Phil Jagielka’s future surely in doubt.

The Northern Echo reports that the Merseyside outfit are willing to offer Mo Besic as part of a deal to bring the 25-year-old to Goodison Park, with the Championship club likely to be keen on signing the Bosnia and Herzegovina international following a successful loan spell last term.

If Gibson did sign for Everton, whose fans have urged to sign a 26-year-old World Cup attacker following his latest display with one describing him as “much better than Gylfi”, their he would likely be partnering Michael Keane at the heart of the defence for the upcoming season.

Why should Everton forget him and go for Akanji?

Well, while Gibson would certainly be a decent addition for the Toffees, they perhaps should be aiming a little higher than a Championship player if they want to really push on and progress next term and beyond.

One player they could make an ambitious move for is Swiss centre-back Akanji, who only signed for Dortmund during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has put in two solid performances against Neymar and Aleksandar Mitrovic in his nation’s opening two World Cup fixtures, and as well as impressing with his defensive traits, he has also shown that he is strong and decent on the ball, too.

In those terms he looks to be ideally suited to the Premier League, and he could form a strong partnership with Keane that would last for many years to come.