In Focus: Everton do not need Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic

Everton are keeping a close eye on Atalanta midfielder Josip Ilicic ahead of the summer transfer window, according to Calciomercato.

What’s the story?

Everton have been very busy in the past two transfer windows; under former manager Ronald Koeman the club spent in excess of £100m on several new faces.

With Sam Allardyce at the helm, the buying continued in January as Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun joined the party, while Eliaquim Mangala arrived from Manchester City on loan.

According to Calciomercato, another player has been added to Everton’s transfer wishlist, in the form of Ilicic from Atalanta.

The midfielder has made 33 appearances in all competitions for the Italian club so far this season, scoring 11 goals and creating eight assists.

Do Everton need another attacking midfielder?

That is one area where the Merseyside outfit are certainly not short!

Even though the 30-year-old’s statistics are impressive, there are more pressing matters that the Toffees should be focusing on.

During the January window, supporters demanded a left-back, but the Merseyside outfit did not deliver.

Right-footed Cuco Martina has been taking on the role in Leighton Baines’s injury absence.

With the latter turning 34 next year, the club should priorities bringing in another man to fill his boots, rather than an attacking midfielder.