According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are having difficulty offloading versatile star Daley Blind this summer. The 28-year-old was on the peripheries of the Red Devils first team for much of last season in making just 17 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s men, but their struggles in getting rid of the Dutchman this summer should be of interest to new Everton manager Marco Silva.
And that’s because, with the Toffees clearly in need of reinforcements in many areas of the pitch, they could pull off a summer masterstroke by landing the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, last season was something of a disappointment for our resident Evertonians in the Tavern following the optimism of the summer, in which their club spent in excess of £100 million, but eventually dropped a place to eighth in the Premier League table.
And many areas of the squad were clearly lacking in the sufficient depth and quality, despite the huge investment, to take the Merseysiders forward and into the top six places last term, which is why wiser additions this summer are required for Silva to make a big impact.
And that is why a move for Blind is particularly significant, as the Netherlands international is adept at playing in areas of the Everton squad that are in need of strengthening.
Left back Leighton Baines is entering the twilight of his career at the age of 33; the likes of Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, and to a lesser extent Michael Keane, struggled at centre back last term; and the centre of midfield proved to be a problem area for both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce – all of which are positions Blind can play adeptly in.
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Throughout his stint at United, the 28-year-old has often filled in where required, usually to good effect, and while he wouldn’t necessarily join Everton and immediately improve their first team, there is no doubt that he would improve their squad depth in several positions.
And with many areas of the Everton squad lacking in that depth, making a move for the former Ajax star makes complete sense – in fact, it could turn out to be a summer masterstroke if they do indeed seal a deal for the 28-year-old.
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