It’s the silly season now, when everyone guesses which player is going where and fans get excited before the penny drops that some big deals may never happen.
However, on occasion, some of the rumours are more than mere page fillers in the press, as they have some substance to them.
Everton really need to replace the now departed Roberto Martinez before they start buying players, but it doesn’t stop the speculation. Equally, this summer, Everton have some financial clout behind them and the new owner is giving the new manager a war chest of anywhere up to £100m depending on which reports you believe.
There are bound to be some players leaving Goodison Park, none moreso than Romelu Lukaku who seems determined to leave Merseyside despite the hefty £65m price tag that Everton have pinned on the striker.
If money is no object, then which players would really make an impact next year for the Toffees? Here are FIVE distinct possibilities…
The future of Joe Hart has been shrouded in doubt since it was announced that Pep Guardiola would be taking up the reins at Manchester City, with many suggesting the England goalkeeper may be moved on. It’s reported in The Sun, that Everton are about to make an ambitious £40m move for the England international, now that the long serving Tim Howard has left these shores. Everton are said to be willing to pay Hart £200,000 a week. It could be fantasy, but stranger things have happened and a decent goalkeeper is what the club needs.
According to La Voix Du Nord, Everton have told Lille that they are keen on the highly-rated left-back. The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising and consistent defenders in French football this past season, making 37 Ligue 1 appearances – starting 36 of them. The Toffees, along with Watford, are believed to have scouted the full-back, but the Merseysiders have verbally agreed to table a £10m bid.
Everton have been linked with a move for the Sporting Lisbon striker on many occasions and,according to reports, the Blues are one of a number of clubs who will compete for his signature in the summer. The forward, who has scored 30 goals this term, has failed to commit his long-term future to the Portuguese club.
The Austrian international is currently at League winners Besiktas in Turkey and has been the subject of interest from a couple of Premier League clubs. But the player says that he is not thinking about leaving the Turkish club. “I want to win the league again with Besiktas next season we have not discussed severing ties,” he told Fotospor (via the Liverpool Echo). West Ham have also been linked with a move for the 27-year-old, who heads to the Euros with Austria.
It has been a sensational year for the young striker from AZ Alkmaar, who is not only the Eredivisie’s leading scorer this season, but now a full Dutch international. He keeps the ball well with his back to the goal. He knows how to position himself. He is quick and makes the right movements. He works hard without the ball and puts a lot of pressure on the defenders. His contract at the AFAS Stadion lasts until 2019, but a number of clubs are queuing up to sign the 21-year-old.