The Blues have had a quiet window thus far, but their summer spending will surely intensify with under three weeks remaining before deadline day. New manager Marco Silva wanted a new left winger, and has completed a move for Watford winger Richarlison – the Toffees are also expected to move for Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne.
The Portuguese’s squad is now starting to take shape with Digne potentially the long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, and Richarlison representing a significant upgrade on Yannick Bolasie.
The former Watford boss must now turn his attentions to signing a new centre-back to partner Michael Keane in defence, and he would be wise to take advantage of Manchester United’s reported interest in Harry Maguire.
And that’s because, should Maguire sign for the Red Devils, United defender Marcos Rojo could well be one to suffer from the Englishman’s arrival. And that should prompt Everton to make a move.
In the 2016/17 campaign, the 28-year-old enjoyed his best season in a Manchester United shirt before injuries hampered his progress.
Despite being back to full fitness, it looks as though he remains behind Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly in the pecking order, with Rojo making just nine Premier League appearances last season, and as such could leave in search of first-team football this summer.
Importantly, the Argentina international is a serious upgrade on Everton’s current defenders and would give Keane a long-term partner in the heart of the defence. Rojo is also comfortable at left-back and would provide cover for France international Digne, were he to also arrive at Goodison Park.
If he can stay fit, this one is a no-brainer, and thus a deal Everton must seek to get done before the August 9 deadline.
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