According to Belgian publication, Het Nieuwsblad, Everton are preparing to make a move for Real Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj this summer.
Januzaj already has Premier League experience, having spent 5 years with Manchester United and endured a difficult loan stint with Sunderland. The 23-year-old was never able to establish himself as a long-term fixture at Old Trafford, which resulted in his permanent switch to Real Sociedad last summer.
The Belgian’s good form in Spain earned him a return to the national team set up. Januzaj was part of the Belgium squad that finished 3rd at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Now Everton, under the guidance of new boss Marco Silva, appear interested in offering Adnan Januzaj a second crack at England’s top flight.
Marco Silva, who has already inspired fine form out of the likes of fellow wingers Richarlison and Andre Carrillo, would be the perfect manager for Januzaj.
Before Silva signs the ex-Manchester United man though, he might want to consider pushing for an even more exciting alternative first.
Samu Castillejo came of age for Villarreal last season. Having shown promise and flashes of brilliance for a number of years, the 23-year-old added consistency and end product to his game last season.
Over the course of the La Liga campaign, the Spaniard, who can play on either wing, netted 6 times and provided 7 assists. In both categories, this represents the best return of his career. Januzaj has never reached such figures either, nor has he ever performed as consistently as Catillejo managed last time out.
Just like Januzaj, Castillejo is valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt. If both players were available for a similar figure, the Villarreal man would be the wiser investment for Marco Silva to make.
The Spaniard boasts better delivery into the box, and his consistency would prove vital in the Premier League.
The acquisition of Castillejo, alongside Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie and the emerging Ademola Lookman, would give Silva a formidable set of wingers to work with.