According to a recent report from The Daily Star, Everton are one of several Premier League sides interested in signing Croatia World Cup ace Domagoj Vida this summer. The 29-year-old played a huge part in helping his country reach the showpiece in Russia this summer in starting six of their seven matches, including their 4-2 final defeat to France in Moscow earlier this month.
And his excellent exploits for his country has reportedly attracted the interest of several Premier League sides, one of which being Everton, although Marco Silva’s men should forget about him and instead do all they can to land fellow World Cup star Yerry Mina.
Ultimately, while 29-year-old Vida deserves great credit for helping Croatia produce their best-ever World Cup performance, he will be 30 during the coming campaign, and part of the Toffees’ biggest problem in the last year or so has been the fact that their backline is indeed aging.
The likes of Ashley Williams, Leighton Baines, and Phil Jagielka are all in the twilight of their careers and as such a more youthful approach in the transfer market could well be needed, and while Vida isn’t as far along as the aforementioned trio, his arrival would hardly be a nod to the long term.
Whereas 23-year-old Mina certainly would be, at the same time landing a centre back who has proven his worth in the last few years for both club and country.
Ultimately, one does not sign for Barcelona if one is not a seriously accomplished player, which is exactly where Mina moved to back in January to underline his credentials, even if he did only appear six times in all competitions in the second half of last season.
Yet it was also his efforts for Colombia at this summer’s World Cup which appear to be of interest to Everton chief Silva, as the 23-year-old netted three times for his country to help them reach the last 16, at the same time only conceding once while Mina was on the pitch.
Clearly, the centre back is hugely influential in both his own box and indeed the opposition’s to suggest that he could be a huge asset to Silva, not least because his addition would be a much-needed nod to the long-term, which hasn’t always been the case with signings in recent times – there’s a reason they have been linked with him this summer.
Thus, while Vida is a very accomplished defender, the Toffees should forget about him and instead seal a deal for fellow World Cup ace Mina this summer.
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