This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.
Everton have long been linked with interest in Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz, and reports in Spain have suggested that Los Blancos are willing to accept a cut-price fee for the Dominican Republic international.
Madrid are claimed by El Desmarque to have moved Mariano and Lucas Vazquez down their rotational pecking order, and are willing to see both forwards leave the Santiago Bernabeu in January if suitable offers are received.
Mariano returned to the Spanish capital in 2018 when Los Blancos triggered a £29.7million option (BBC), although they only spent €23m (£19.7m) as they retained 35% of his rights (AS) from the deal which saw the striker move to Olympique Lyonnais 14-months before for €8m (£6.8m).
With Lyon, Mariano thrived to strike 21 goals in 48 games (TransferMarkt) and attracted the interests of Everton (Calciomercato, via HITC). But back in Spain, he has featured just 19 times across all competitions, and is now said to be available for at least €15m (£12.9m) given his limited game time.
The 26-year-old has not featured at all under Zinedine Zidane this season so far, and was only named on one of the Frenchman’s La Liga matchday teamsheets for the first time against Mallorca last Saturday.
But Everton moving for Mariano in the winter would come with some consequences for those already at Goodison Park…
Cenk Tosun leaves in January
Cenk Tosun rejected the chance to leave Everton this summer as he was intent on fighting for his place in Marco Silva’s plans (Milliyet), but with another forward brought to Goodison Park, the situation on Merseyside may become too much for the Turkey international to bear.
The Wetzlar, Germany-born striker has featured in just one Premier League game this season when he came off the bench against Sheffield United (TransferMarkt), and has been left out of Silva’s matchday plans on five occasions across all competitions.
If that were to continue before another attacking option were even signed, Tosun would have to reconsider his position in order to support his case for inclusion in Turkey’s Euro 2020 plans and for the sake of what is left of his career.
Added competition for Dominic Calvert-Lewin
As Silva chopped and changed his centre-forward options last season, he eventually settled on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the Sheffield United product would face a renewed and extended challenge to cement his right to the task if Mariano were brought to Goodison Park.
The Dominican Republic international was prolific in France when he seemingly first attracted the Toffees’ interests, and scored vital goals throughout his only full campaign in Ligue 1.
Calvert-Lewin is yet to show he can offer that to Everton in the Premier League, with his goal against Bournemouth in September bringing to an end an 11-game top-flight goal drought (TransferMarkt). He then poached a second for the term against Manchester City, before recording zero shots against Burnley (WhoScored) and falling to the bench against West Ham United.
Marco Silva sees Moise Kean as a wide option
Everton knew they had to sign a striker in the summer after Silva rotated between Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun and Oumar Niasse last season, and ended the window with the £27.5m capture of Moise Kean (BBC).
That investment is yet to payout, though, as the teenage Italy international has not found the back of the net in any of his ten outings in Royal Blue thus far, and has only started three games (TransferMarkt).
Adding Mariano to the mix would be a signal that Everton have doubts in Kean’s ability to lead their offence, and could potentially come with a shift for the Vercelli-born forward to move out wide and occupy a place on the wing.
Silva has already tasked Kean with wide duties during their brief time together, and saw the Juventus product deliver his closest chance to scoring against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup, when he burst down the flank to deliver a thunderous shot which crashed against the post.
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