In Focus: Everton given glimmer of hope in race to sign Dendoncker

According to reports on Sky Sports, Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea target Leander Dendoncker is set to hold talks on his future with Anderlecht.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Belgian First Division A champions following an outstanding season in the centre of midfield, with the Toffees, Red Devils and Blues all said to have registered their interest in the Belgium international.

However, having sold star man Youri Tielemans to Monaco already this summer Anderlecht don’t want to lose Dendoncker as well, and they are set to hold talks with the midfielder when he returns from international duty with his country.

How well has he done this season?

He has been very impressive.

The Belgian has been a regular for Anderlecht over the course of the past three seasons but he made 57 appearances in all competitions this term, and despite primarily being a defensive-minded player he also scored six goals – including a last minute equaliser against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be.

If the Toffees want to challenge the top four over the course of the next few seasons then they need start buying some of the best young talent from Europe instead of some of the more established players that they won’t be able to compete for, and Dendoncker is a perfect example of that.

Do they need him?

With Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye impressing in the middle of the park following the former’s arrival at Goodison Park during the January transfer window, and with other players such as Tom Davies, Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic too, there would be a lot of competition whether they have the extra Europa League fixtures or not.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while the Toffees are clearly interested in Dendoncker they may face a real battle to convince both Anderlecht and the player that a move to England would be the right one just a year before the 2018 World Cup, but the likes of international teammates Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas may also have a word in his ear.