Everton had a poor start last season, but recovered to finish 8th. Marco Silva will be looking to continue his positive start as Toffees boss next season.
Everton have just signed Watford forward Richarlison for £50m, spending this sum seems to signal some intent for the coming season. The Goodison Park outfit have not been scared of spending big in the last couple of summers, bringing in the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun to Merseyside.
With the talents of Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosun and hot-prospect Ademola Lookman up-top, Everton look well-equipt in this area. Likewise, they have plenty of creative talent with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle. It is at the back Everton could do with tightening up. Defenders like Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams are ageing, and Everton need an upgrade at the back.
With that in mind, this is the player Everton should sign for before deadline day…
The player Everton should go after is Lucas Digne, who is rated as worth £13.5m by Transfermarkt. He has an impressive CV, having played for AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Catalonia.
The Barcelona left-back made just 12 La Liga appearances last season, and seems out of favour at the Catalan giants. A move to Everton would allow him to get regular football at a strong Premier League outfit. As you would expect from a Barcelona player, Digne has bags of technical ability, and can deliver a pinpoint cross into the box.
This kind of quality at the back would help Everton kick-on from being a solid upper-mid table side, to a side who were genuine contenders to achieve European football.
If Everton secured one Digne, it would be another major signal of intent.