Marco Silva underlined that he wants to keep loanees Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes at the club when their temporary spells at the club come to an end this summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The duo have impressed this season but getting them to commit long-term may be a different, and more expensive, kettle of fish.
Silva said: “They are happy here. That means they are performing, enjoying it and helping the team. It’s up to us to do what we can to try to keep them. It’s up to the clubs also, it’s not just in our hands. It’s in the player’s minds also.”
Getting both men through the door would go a long way to helping Silva reshape his backline and engine room but by the same token, that could require a substantial transfer outlay just to bring the team back to the same level they’re at this season.
But after two seasons of expensive gambles – which largely haven’t paid off – Everton need some more stability and if a large chunk of their transfer budget goes on players who already know and like the club, then it may not be the worst idea in the world.
Gomes especially has impressed the fans because he offers something different to what they’re used to in the centre of the park and beating the competition that is inevitably going to come for the Portuguese international would also be a strong signal of Everton’s intent.