This summer could well play host to the most frantic transfer window yet; there has never been more money swilling about in the Premier League, the World Cup provides a major roadblock and the deadline has been brought forward to before the start of the season.
Everton finished just the one spot below the seventh placed berth many would have envisaged after their rampant summer spending but their disjointed and disspiritng season from Ronald Koeman to Sam Allardyce via David Unsworth means that another window of investment is needed to restore the feelgood factor at Goodison Park.
Marco Silva was the man on their radar for quite some time and they have finally snared the Portuguese boss, charging him with bringing attractive football and the prospect of success back to the club.
Yet, transfer business can be complicated and interconnected and we’ve taken a closer look at how their dealings might interfere with the plans of their Premier League rivals this summer…
According to reports in the Sun, Everton must sell as many as 12 first-team players before new manager Silva will be allowed to splash out on new recruits in his bid to break the top seven in his maiden season at Goodison Park.
One man who is mentioned by name in that report is Morgan Schneiderlin. He left Southampton for Manchester United in 2015 but has failed to replicate the performance level that made him one of the Premier League’s elite holding midfielders since.
A return to St Mary’s makes sense for him, allowing him to return to the club and the area where he played his best football and getting away from Everton – where he is not the most popular figure – should help him regain his confidence.
Once Silva has cleared the decks, getting rid of the likes of Schneiderlin in order to reinvigorate his squad, reports claim that James Maddison is one player right near the top of his shopping list.
He faces competition from Leicester but £20m is a reasonable valuation for a young English playmaker and he would be a perfect fit at Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman failed to add legs last summer so some Toffees may baulk at the idea of signing another number 10 but with Wayne Rooney all but gone, Davy Klaassen badly struggling to force his way back in and Gylfi Sigurdsson coming off the back of a serious injury, it isn’t a bad idea. Maddison is the real deal.
Maddison and Grealish are the two hottest English playmakers on the market this summer and if one was off the market and heading to Merseyside, Newcastle would be forced to redouble their efforts to snare the other to bring some much-needed flair to Rafa Benitez’s workmanlike side.
Reports have linked the Magpies with the playmaker in the midst of Aston Villa’s deep financial troubles and while the current £40m valuation is too steep, they cannot risk Leicester turning their attention to Grealish and snaring him over Maddison.
Everton’s swift business could take an alternative option off the market and press Newcastle into action.