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Five facts on Santiago Arias as Everton reportedly close in

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Five facts on Santiago Arias as Everton reportedly close in

Everton are reported to be in advanced talks with defender Santiago Arias.

According to The Daily Mail, the Toffees are ready to move for the 28-year-old and provide Seamus Coleman with some competition.

This despite Carlo Ancelotti planning to keep a hold of Jonjoe Kenny, who spent last season on loan Schalke.

Here are five facts for Everton fans to sink their teeth into as a move seemingly edges closer:

International pedigree

Arias has been around for a while now, and at the age of 28 he has amassed 53 caps for his country Colombia.

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The right-back also went to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he and his teammates were dumped out by England at the Round of 16 stage.

Prior to that, he also went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 Copa America.

Domestic Experience

Arias started his professional career with La Equidad in his homeland.

He then moved to Sporting CP in Portugal, before becoming a more household name with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

 

He joined Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in 2018, where he battles it out for minutes with former Tottenham Hotspur star Kieran Trippier.

Signed by Brands

Arias has been signed by Everton’s current director of football Marcel Brands before.

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The Dutchman was a key figure in his move to PSV in 2013.

He’s a winner

Arias has several trophies to his name.

With PSV he won three Eredivisie titles and two Dutch Super Cups (known as the Johan Cruyff Shield), and with Atleti he won the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.

Not only that, but Arias received individual acknowledgment in 2017/18, winning the Eredivisie Player of the Year.

A creative eye

Arias has a strong all-round game, but arguably it’s his influence in the final third that sets him apart from a lot of other full-backs.

To date in his career, he has amassed a very respectable 31 assists from right-back. He’s also scored 12 goals.

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