Everton have left themselves short at centre-back this season. Following Phil Jagielka’s exit and the end of Kurt Zouma’s loan, Everton failed to bring in any new central defenders over the summer.
Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, and Mason Holgate are now tasked with fulfilling the roles and none of them are what you would call consistent.
There is no doubt that Everton should have done more to bring in a new centre-back, but it is a previous transfer failure that might be costing Everton at present.
Everton were one of the first teams to take notice of the promising Brazilian defender Eder Militao.
It was in September last year that UOL was reporting Everton’s strong interest in the player. They suggested the club had a strong relationship with the player’s agent and were keeping track of the player following his move to Porto.
Unfortunately for Everton, the secret was out. His excellent start to the new season with Porto saw some of the biggest clubs in Europe start circling, including Real Madrid.
Los Merengues eventually agreed a deal to sign the player this summer which, as reported by The Guardian, cost them around £43.5 million.
It is not the only time that a similar tale has played out for Everton. They have reportedly had Matthijs de Ligt and Tanguy Ndombele on their radar before and ended up missing out once their profile had risen.
Hopefully, the next Militao that comes along is snapped up before Everton find themselves up against competition they cannot compete with.