As reported by Sky Sports in a segment from Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan, Everton are amongst a number of clubs who have scouted Ajax’s box-to-box midfielder Donny van de Beek.
The Dutch international is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League rather than a switch to the Bundesliga or Serie A, and van der Kraan said that if he had to put money on any Ajax player leaving this summer, it would be placed on the 22-year-old.
Van de Beek enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018/19, amassing some absolutely astonishing numbers.
He hit 17 goals from midfield, and also recorded an impressive 13 assists including some vital strikes in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final.
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Despite those excellent numbers, would he even get in Marco Silva’s first choice midfield if he ended up at Goodison Park?
It may be a ludicrous question to pose about a player who is also being courted by the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool, but there is sense to it.
The Toffees seem close to completing the signing of last term’s loan hero Andre Gomes on a permanent basis, and he would almost definitely slot straight back into Silva’s two-man midfield alongside the reliable Idrissa Gueye.
The pair struck up a truly effective partnership last season, where Gomes’ composure and classy ball work turned out to be the perfect foil for Gueye’s more combative, aggressive style.
Ahead of them, Gylfi Sigurdsson plays in a centre attacking midfield role, an area that Van de Beek can also play in as well as in the very middle of the park.
There isn’t much of a case to be made in dropping Sigurdsson for Van de Beek either. The Icelandic international was Everton’s joint-top scorer in the league last term alongside Richarlison with 13 goals to his name, and he is crucial to the way the Toffees play.
He would arrive with the aura of a marquee addition, but it doesn’t appear as though Van de Beek would even be guaranteed a place in Silva’s starting XI if he did sign for the Merseysiders.