The Times has reported this weekend that Everton could be willing to pay a fee of £8 million in order to secure the signature of Jack Wilshere in the summer. That would be in the form of a lucrative signing-on fee to convince him that he should leave his boyhood club.
Wilshere has been offered a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, but it involves a pay-cut. The 26-year-old is said to not be interested in such a deal and could leave Arsenal this summer.
Everton would be a perfect location for the England international but for one Toffees player, it would surely spell the end.
Morgan Schneiderlin has had a troubled time since joining Everton.
The January 2017 signing from Manchester United had an excellent start to life at Goodison Park. However, this season he has been poor and become extremely unpopular with club’s fans.
Considering Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh sanctioned a £22 million move, as reported by the BBC, for the French international, it has not been money well spent.
Wilshere’s signing would undoubtedly spell the end for the Frenchman. However, the reality is, regardless of Wilshere’s potential arrival, Everton should consider moving Schneiderlin on this summer.
His position at the club is looking increasingly untenable. Fans would rather see youngsters like Tom Davies, Callum Connolly, Beni Baningime or currently loaned out Mo Besic get a chance ahead of the 28-year-old.
If Everton can recoup the fee they spent on Schneiderlin it would be good business from the Toffees.
Wilshere’s arrival would be welcomed, but replacing Schneiderlin with any talented midfielder should be a priority for Everton if they are to improve on their performance from this season in 2018/19.