Everton are yet to make a signing in this summer’s transfer window but, when the Merseyside club do finally decide to enter the market, the expectation is that a left-back will be signed.
Manager Marco Silva is looking for a long-term successor to Leighton Baines and Everton have since been linked with Celtic’s hot prospect Kieran Tierney and Germany international Marvin Plattenhardt.
Tierney stands out as the ideal candidate to succeed Baines in the left-back position, but getting Celtic to part ways with the 21-year-old will present a very difficult challenge.
Meanwhile, Plattenhardt is attracting interest from a lot of other Premier League clubs including Huddersfield (via Kicker), making any potential transfer far from straight forward.
If Everton fail in either of their pursuits for Tierney or Plattenhardt, then the Toffees should move for £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Luke Shaw.
Shaw’s frosty relationship with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is well-documented so, with that in mind, Everton should try and test the waters with a bid as they continue to search for a new left-back.
Big things were expected of Shaw after he moved to Manchester United from Southampton back in 2014, but the 22-year-old has so far failed to deliver.
However, prior to his transfer to Old Trafford, Shaw displayed both his defensive and attacking capabilities from left-back at St. Mary’s and was well on his way to becoming one of the best left-backs in the Premier League under manager at the time Mauricio Pochettino.
At 22, Shaw offers the longevity Everton are looking for in Baines’ replacement, but the England international also possesses the experience and ability to come in and make an intimidate impact.
Given the current dynamic between himself and Mourinho, Shaw could be available during this window, and if so, Everton must explore the possibility of bringing the ex-Southampton defender to Goodison Park.