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Did Everton target the wrong man as Harry Maguire shines at the World Cup?

Everton signed Michael Keane instead at a higher price of £30 million.

Mathew Nash

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England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out triumph against Colombia. There were many stars of the night. Harry Kane was superb up front whilst Jordan Pickford was the penalty hero. But Harry Maguire was sensational yet again in a back three for England. The Leicester city man is quickly becoming one of the standout performers from the competition and has bigger clubs surely considering a move.

For Everton, it must be something of a sickener.

Last summer the Toffees were after a new central defender. One man who fit the bill was Maguire, who had just been relegated with Hull City. He was one of the Tigers outstanding players and a move to a Premier League side was always going to happen.

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Everton, meanwhile, were looking for a new central defender. According to the Liverpool Echo, they had whittled down the shortlist to just two options.

The players in question were Michael Keane and Maguire. In the end, Everton signed the Burnley man. He cost the club £30 million whilst Maguire headed to Leicester City, in a deal worth a reported £17 million.

Since then, Maguire has usurped Keane in the England pecking order whilst the Everton man struggled with form and fitness for much of last term – before a far more impressive tail-end of the season.

But for £13 million less Everton could have had a player who is looking like being one of the best central defenders at the World Cup this summer.

They may have gone for the wrong man.

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One winner and one loser as Everton close in on signing Richarlison

Marco Silva is closing in on making his first major signing as Everton manager

Liam Thomas

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Everton look set to make their first signing of the summer and the first under new manager Marco Silva with the Premier League season only weeks away.

The Toffees are in advanced talks with Watford forward Richarlison over making a £50 million switch to Merseyside, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old forward was signed by new Everton boss Silva last summer when he took over the reigns at Watford, and the pair look likely to be reunited at Goodison Park, for a much larger fee.

Richarlison hasn’t scored a goal since November 19th. However, the youngster looks set to become Marco Silva’s first major signing at the club.

Here at The Boot Room, we took a look at one winner and one loser in Richarlison’s imminent switch to Everton from Watford.

Winner – Watford

Watford will be making a humongous profit on Richarlison if reports are correct that a deal will take place for £50 million.

It was only last summer that the 21-year-old signed for Watford from Brazilian outfit Fluminense for £13 million and the forward hasn’t done much to warrant such a skyrocket in his value since then.

Nevertheless, it will turn out to be a great bit of business from Watford and cashing in on £50 million for a forward who only scored five goals in all competition’s last season is mind-boggling, to say the least.

As far as deals go, they don’t come much better than this, and if the Hornets invest the capital they receive for Richarlison successfully, they’ll be feeling fortunate.

Loser – Yannick Bolasie

If Richarlison does arrive on Merseyside, Yannick Bolasie will be likely to lose regular first team football for the Blues, with both players playing in similar positions.

The 29-year-old hasn’t done much on Merseyside to warrant a guaranteed starting place in Silva’s new setup, and the winger scored only one time in 18 appearances last season.

It’s a real shame for Bolasie, who came to Goodison Park with such promise from Crystal Palace for £25 million in 2016 after a terrific season for the Eagles.

Hopefully, Bolasie can prove himself to his new Portuguese manager over the preseason. However, expect Richarlison to be given the nod to start if he does sign.

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Everton round-up: Besic unsure, Mina’s agent talks and Digne talks

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Mo not sure

Everton midfielder Mo Besic has confirmed his future at Everton is out of his hands. The 25-year-old has impressed in pre-season, especially against Lille this week.

The Bosnian international has had a torrid two years with injuries but excelled on loan at Middlesbrough in the second half of last season.

He told the Liverpool Echo he would like to remain at Everton but that his future is not in his direct control.

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Mina agent

Yerry Mina’s agent has confirmed there has been contact with Everton over a potential transfer for the Colombian defender.

Jair Mina has told Antena 2, as reported by Sport, that the Toffees and Zenit St Petersburg have both been in contact over a potential deal.

However, he also confirmed the player’s desire to try and force his way into the pecking order at Barcelona this season.

Everton have been linked with a £21 million move for the World Cup star.

Digne in

One Barcelona player they could get their hands on is Lucas Digne. As reported by The Mirror, the Catalan club have accepted a £22 million offer for the 21-cap French international.

Everton are on the hunt for a new left-back to be a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines.

The Daily Mail are now suggesting Marcel Brands has flown to Barcelona this weekend to try and secure a deal.

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Everton must not let Richarlison arrival see Ademola Lookman depart

Everton are set to break their transfer record to sign the Watford attacker.

Mathew Nash

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Everton are about to blow their transfer record with the shock £50 million signature of Richarlison from Watford. The Brazilian is well known to new Everton boss Marco Silva and will be brought in to play from the left-hand side but also as another striking option.

But his signature is raising eyebrows. Not just because of the exorbitant fee Everton are paying, but for what it means for youngster Ademola Lookman.

The England youth international is wanted by Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, where he finished last term on loan. Everton fans, almost universally, want to see Lookman given a chance next season.

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When looking at the stats from last season, it is clear to see why.

Richarlison stormed out the gates for Watford. The Brazilian netted five goals and provided five assists in his first 16 Premier League games. In the next 22, he managed to deliver none in either column.


“The most important thing is Lookman is our player, he is an Everton player and I want Lookman to stay in our squad.”

– Everton boss Marco Silva on Ademola Lookman

 


Meanwhile, Lookman provided four assists and five goals in just 11 Bundesliga games.

 

So selling Lookman, who Everton reportedly want £20m for, and bringing in Richarlison at a deficit of £30 million seems to make absolutely no sense for Everton.

Hopefully, both will be playing at Goodison Park next season.

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