Everton have made an official move across the transfer market chessboard, submitting a bid for Wendel.
According to Portuguese journalist Gonçalo Lopes (via Sportslens), the Blues have ramped up their interest in the Sporting CP midfielder and are awaiting a response to an initial £13.4m bid.
Should Everton keep or sell Morgan Schneiderlin?
The contact goes beyond club-to-club conversations, though, which could mean that the Blues are serious about making this move work. Carlo Ancelotti reportedly phoned Wendel and spoke to him personally earlier this month, according to Esporte News Mundo.
Everton’s midfield will be a priority when surveying potential new additions to the club. It is arguably the only area that hasn’t improved under Ancelotti, and the proof is the pudding. In the Premier League this season, only four goal contributions have come from the middle of the park (via Transfermarkt), which is nowhere near enough for a side looking to challenge for top six next campaign.
Although Wendel’s personal stats aren’t really anything to shout about – registering five goals and seven assists in 67 total appearances for Sporting – he could yet become a fine player under the Italian boss.
Time at Goodison Park could be up for Morgan Schneiderlin, who has failed to live up to expectations again this season. His overall time with the Toffees has been a disappointing one, contributing just one goal and two assists in his three-and-a-half years at the club.
Journalists have also noticed Schneiderlin’s lacklustre displays. Liverpool ECHO journalists have given their ratings on his current term, with Phil Kirkbride ranking him a paltry 5/10.
The addition of Wendel could be in order to replace an outgoing Frenchman. If Schneiderlin hasn’t cut the mustard by Ancelotti’s terms, it’s very likely that he’ll be heading out the door this summer. In addition, the 30-year-old doesn’t suit the manager’s youth-focused outlook, whereas 22-year-old Wendel could slot into the midfield setup with ease.
What do you think, Blues? Could Wendel be the right man to replace an ageing Schneiderlin? Have your say in the comments below.
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