Everton have been linked with an interest in PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen. According to CalcioMercato, Everton are keen on the player along with Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan.
It would certainly make sense. Malen recently made his debut for the Dutch national team and soon scored his first international goal. For his club, he has 11 goals in 14 games this season, stepping up in the absence of departed hero Hirving Lozano, who joined Napoli in the summer.
Then there is the Marcel Brands factor. Everton’s director of football used to hold the same role at PSV Eindhoven. He was the man who convinced Malen to leave Arsenal back in 2017 and kick-start his professional career at PSV.
The player himself even confirmed as much in an interview with PSV.nl back in December 2017.
“It didn’t go bad at Arsenal. I also went to training camp with the first team last summer. But I think my feeling there was a bit gone.
“I am quite an emotional person. If I feel something and I know for sure then that is clear to me. PSV reported and after a conversation with Marcel Brands it felt really good. Here I can improve and grow to the first-team.”
So it is clear that Brands knows how to persuade Malen into a move.
The 20-year-old would fit the profile for what Everton are looking for under Brands’ recruitment strategy.
He is also represented by ‘super-agent’ Mino Raiola. Everton’s director of football has strong links with the Italian and used them to snap up Moise Kean from Juventus this summer.
Malen is likely to have plenty of suitors if he continues this form but Brands could undoubtedly give Everton the edge. He has convinced Malen to move once, why not do it again?