Marco Silva is looking to make significant progress in the final days of the transfer window as he prepares his Everton side for the new season, and a recent report from Spanish media outlet Sport suggests that defensive acquisitions are his priority.
According to the report from Sport, Everton have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Yerry Mina for a fee in the region of 32 million euros (£28 million), with the Colombia international set to sign a 5-year contract with the Toffees. The news will be greeted with delight by the supporters who watched their side struggle defensively last season with a hapless partnership of Ashley Williams and Michael Keane providing the foundations at the back, and they will be hoping Mina can immediately inject solidity into the defence.
However, Everton are still short of defensive options even with Mina’s arrival to consider, so Marco Silva should do everything in his power to secure the services of another club target, namely Marcos Rojo.
Although Mina will arrive at Goodison with a prestigious footballing background, his lack of experience in the Premier League will undoubtedly force him to go through a period of adjustment whilst he adapts to his new surroundings.
With that to consider, the presence of an experienced Premier League centre-back could ensure a smooth transition period for the new recruit, which, besides 35-year-old Phil Jagielka, Everton are seriously lacking.
Rojo has 4-years of experience playing for a top-four club to bring to the table and 59 appearances at international level for Argentina, and his level of experience is certainly a quality which Everton will need in their back-four to demonstrate a marked improvement next season.
With Jordan Pickford in goal, mr. reliable Seamus Coleman at right-back, Lucas Digne stepping in for Leighton Baines and Mina slotting into the back-four, Silva is just one defender short of an incredibly sturdy defensive unit.
The Argentina international represents the perfect candidate to complete Silva’s new-look defence, so the club’s hierarchy should make him something of a priority in the final days of the window.
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