According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, new Everton manager Marco Silva has identified Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof as a priority summer signing as he looks to strengthen his backline.
The Sweden international endured a difficult debut campaign at Old Trafford following his £31.5m move from Benfica last summer, with Jose Mourinho not trusting him to start on a regular basis.
The Sunday Mirror says that the Toffees, who should move quickly to sign a 6ft 4in England international if Chelsea seal £45m transfer deal, are ready to pay £35m to bring the 23-year-old to Goodison Park however, although they may need to convince Mourinho to sell given he will likely want to give Lindelof a second season to impress.
So, how would signing the defender truly impact the Merseyside club? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of a summer deal for the Red Devil…
Big things were expected of Michael Keane when he moved to Goodison Park in a big-money move last summer, but it’s probably fair to say that the England international didn’t live up to expectations following a poor start to the season for the Merseyside outfit that left them in a relegation battle.
The 25-year-old was often criticised by his own fans for his displays at that time, and while his displays did improve as 2018 went on, he will still feel he has a point to prove to the supporters next term.
Having a player alongside with the quality that Lindelof has would certainly allow him to do that, and it would allow him to flourish and show that he can be player for Everton.
If Everton do sign Lindelof or another centre-back before the transfer window slams shut on August 9, it will surely seal the fate of Williams and Funes Mori at Goodison Park following respective difficult seasons.
The former was a regular starter – even though he wasn’t fancied by the Goodison Park faithful – under previous boss Sam Allardyce, until he was sent off in the defeat against Burnley in March.
He failed to play a single minute of Premier League football or even make the squad again after that, while Funes Mori struggled to get any starts following his return from a serious knee injury, and when he did against Everton on the final day he was taken off at half-time.
With both Williams’ and Funes Mori’s futures surely in doubt – as well as the fact that Phil Jagielka is getting no younger – the 21-year-old may well be expecting to be something of a regular in the starting XI under Silva having made 21 appearances in all competitions for Everton last term.
He could have added even more had it not been for injury and the strong partnership between Keane and Jagielka from January onwards, which would have left him frustrated.
If he continues to be on the substitutes’ bench next term, he will likely want out – even if it is on loan – in order to get some minutes on the pitch.
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