Everton should keep an eye on Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan’s situation, in case they face trouble signing Andre Gomes this summer.
The Portugal international has flourished for the Toffees this season but is only on loan at Goodison Park from Barcelona.
Marco Silva wants Gomes to stay at the club, but there is a good chance other clubs will be in for the playmaker having seen some of his performances in the Premier League this season.
Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested (The Telegraph), which would make life difficult for Everton with Spurs in real need of midfield reinforcements.
Over at the Etihad Stadium, Gundogan’s contract is running down and the German playmaker will be free to leave the club in 2020 as things currently stand – he could be a possible option for Everton this summer.
The former Borussia Dortmund ace appears to be unwilling to sign an extension at the moment with Pep Guardiola having said he has ‘refused terms’ (via The Evening Standard), and there may be a chance for Everton to steal in on the cheap this summer since he may have only one year left.
Should Gomes prove too expensive, Gundogan would be a great alternative.
The 28-year-old, a £20 million signing in 2016 (BBC Sport), has had a solid season at the Etihad having made 42 appearances across all competitions.
Gundogan – linked with a return to old club Dortmund in February (The Sun) – has been Pep Guardiola’s go-to midfielder this term, with Fernandinho and Kevin De Druyne having struggled with injuries.
He has recorded a pass completion rate of 90.4% in the Premier League so far (via WhoScored), and could be a shrewd acquisition by Marco Silva.