Marco Silva is settling into life at Goodison Park and will be working hard on the training ground to prepare his new side ahead of the new season, but no new players have joined him at the club as of yet.
The arrival of a new manager is often the first step towards something of a major overhaul in personnel throughout the club. Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival at West Ham has served to reinforce that notion, but Everton have taken a much more reserved approach to the market since Silva arrived.
The details of Everton’s strategy for the window are unclear, but their lack of activity so far will certainly be causing concern among the expectant supporters.
With Leighton Baines set to turn 34-years-old this year, it’s about time that the Toffees secured the services of a worthy replacement for the Premier League veteran, but a recent report from The Times (via Football 365) suggests they may be forced to wait for an ideal target.
That target is, of course, Luke Shaw of Manchester United – a player who has been consistently linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the past twelve months.
Shaw (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho with Ashley Young preferred to play at left-back for the club, but that could be all set to change next season so Everton need to act fast.
The same report claims that Shaw has rejected the opportunity to join Everton to stay at United, but with plenty of time left in the transfer window to change his mind, Silva must do everything in his power to convince the 23-year-old to make the switch to Goodison this summer.
Although Shaw has struggled for first-team opportunities in recent years due to injury problems and subsequent problems with match-fitness, there is no doubt that he is a fantastic talent simply waiting to be unearthed.
But under a manager like Mourinho who consistently puts him down in the spotlight of the British media it seems unlikely that he will be able to flourish and thrive next season.
One of the most important factors of the current scenario is that Shaw is set to become a free-agent next summer, but if Everton wait that long to sign the United outcast they could be set to face huge competition to secure his services on a free transfer.
With these points to consider, Silva must not give up hope in his pursuit of Shaw as there is still plenty of time to complete a deal which would undoubtedly represent a transfer masterstroke in the years to come.
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