Everton are now the latest team to be linked with a move for Croatian star Ante Rebic. The Eintracht Frankfurt attacker came into the World Cup in great form, scoring twice v Bayern Munich in the German Cup final. He has continued that form, netting against Argentina in Croatia’s 3-0 triumph over the Albiceleste as the Balkan side became many fans’s dark horse for the tournament.
The Mirror is now reporting Everton are keen on the player, valued at around £26 million by the Bundesliga side – who will only sign him permanently next month.
The report does also warn that £26 million may in fact no longer be enough to secure Rebic’s signature, considering his excellent displays at the World Cup this summer.
So if Everton want Rebic they may need to pay more than the asking price being bandied around.
As good as Rebic is, Everton are trying their best to limit spending. So could they offer Frankfurt a player to help sweeten the deal?
The player in question is Henry Onyekuru. The German-speaking Nigerian would be a perfect replacement for Rebic. Both prefer playing up front but are more successful from the left-wing, it would be a like-for-like replacement.
Onyekuru has become something of a forgotten man since his £7 million move from KAS Eupen last summer. He did not receive a work permit and was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht. That loan spell turned sour in the New Year with the Nigerian unhappy at his treatment after a knee injury.
Onyekuru is unlikely to get a work permit for next season, so Everton would certainly consider loaning him out. In fact, they may just include him as a permanent part of the deal, in order for Marcel Brands to get his hands on his own target.
Either way, if Rebic is the man Everton want, then throwing Onyekuru into the bargain can only help their cause.k