Madrid-based sports daily AS are reporting that Everton are ready to bid €8.5 million to sign Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago from Spanish giants Real Madrid when the January transfer window opens. Gago, who joined Real in January 2007, has been an important part of the Real squad since arriving at the club but has fallen out of favour this season with Xabi Alonso preferred alongside Lassana Diarra in the holding roles for the club.
The 23 year old would be a major coup for a club like Everton having played for a few years as a regular for one of the world’s biggest clubs and the bargain price could certainly convince Everton manager David Moyes to make the switch – it is after all almost half the price that Everton paid last year for Marouane Fellaini. The defensive abilities of Gago would allow Fellaini and Australian Tim Cahill to roam forward more freely, allowing the team a lot of attacking power to aid their strikers.
Gago excelled at his first club Boca Juniors where he was known as one of the most talented young players in Argentina and Real were quick to splash out to secure his signing before other European giants could move in. Gago, then just 20, impressed by immediately becoming a first teamer but his recent drop from the first team has led him to seek a way out as he looks to ensure his place in Diego Maradona’s Argentina squad for the summer’s World Cup in South Africa.
There is believed to be a lot of other interest in Gago so Everton must strike fast if they want to sign the Argentina international, particularly when he’s available at such a modest fee. Defensive midfielders have proven more hassle than they’re worth for smaller teams in the Premiership previously – look at Javier Mascherano at West Ham for example – but when balanced with an attacking side they prove invaluable as Moyes would hope Gago could be. Everton fans would certainly expect a lot from a player who’s made such a name for himself at such a young age.
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