Manchester United centre half Marcos Rojo is reportedly weighing up his options ahead of next season, having become aware that he may be competing with as many as five other central defenders at Old Trafford next term, with Jose Mourinho targeting another centre-back this summer (Manchester Evening News).
The Argentine international signed a contract extension in March, but is now fearing that his decision may be premature, as he is already competing with Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, with another addition expected soon.
The Sun have reported that Mourinho’s consistent talks with Tottenham‘s star defender Toby Alderweireld have Rojo fearing for his game-time with the Red Devils, knowing his arrival would likely force him further down the pecking order.
Everton are openly in the market for a marquee centre-half this summer, with Victor Lindelof high on the list, according to the Sun. But Marco Silva should turn his attention to Rojo while the 28-year-old is undecided on his long-term future.
Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams underwhelmed last season along-side former Red Devil Michael Keane, and Silva is keen to begin phasing out ageing members of the team, as aims to build a team capable of pushing for European football in the near future.
Rojo emerged as one of the finest defenders in the Premier League in 2016/17 along-side Eric Bailly, using his physicality and front foot defending to dominate attacking counterparts, but a re-occurring knee problem has limited him to just 13 appearances this season.
Rojo is currently away with the Argentina national team preparing for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. While he will no doubt be fully focused on bringing the trophy back to an expectant nation, the platform on which he’s playing could offer the opportunity to impress any potential suitors, including Everton.
Everton round-up: De Ligt wanted, Lozano free path and youngsters get a chance
All the latest news and gossip from Everton.
De Ligt-ful transfer rumour
It appears Everton are looking to bring in the highly-rated Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt. The Toffees need a new centre-back and the 18-year-old is considered one of the best young talents in world football.
The Telegraph is reporting that Everton want to tempt the player, who has been compared to former Blues manager Ronald Koeman, to Goodison Park.
But he is currently represented by Mino Raiola, who has an excellent working relationship with the Everton director of football Marcel Brands and chairman Farhad Moshiri.
Free to move for Lozano
Everton are free to make a move for Mexico’s World Cup hero Hirving Lozano. The PSV star has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park this season. The club’s new director of football Brands signed Lozano at the Dutch club and is now believed to want him on Merseyside.
Now, according to the Liverpool Echo, a move can be completed as Brands has no clause in his deal which prevents him from raiding his former club.
Lozano scored 17 goals and bagged eight assists as PSV won the Eredivisie title last season and scored the winning goal as Mexico beat Germany at the World Cup this weekend.
All the young dudes
Everton will give a chance to several youngsters under their new manager Marco Silva. Sky Sports is reporting that the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Kieran Dowell and Jonjoe Kenny will get a chance at Goodison Park next season.
There have been fears some Everton youngsters could be on the way out, with the Toffees set to make changes this summer.
But Silva and Brands appear committed to their young talents.
Gylfi Sigurdsson shows why Everton splashed £45m on his services
Everton fans will hope they see Sigurdsson in fine form next season.
Iceland pulled off another shock at a major tournament, as they managed to hold out for a draw against Argentina. Alfred Finnbogason scored the equaliser after Sergio Aguero had given the Albiceleste the lead. Lionel Messi then saw a penalty saved as Iceland fully deserved a share of the spoils.
One man who was in sensational form throughout the game was Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Only recently returned from a knee injury he was the beacon of quality that Iceland needed. When they needed a player to keep possession he was there and he was a constant thorn in the side of Argentina’s defensive generals.
It was a performance that will remind Everton fans just why they spent £45 million to bring him from Swansea City last summer. It also highlighted that, used correctly. The ‘Iceman’ could be Everton’s talisman.
When Sigurdsson arrived last season he did so at the same time as two identical players. Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney also joined Everton last summer leaving them overbooked in that area of the field.
With Everton failing to bring in sufficient wide options, Sigurdsson also found himself playing wide left for much of his time at Goodison Park.
What is clear from the Iceland game is that Sigurdsson is best in the number 10 role, playing off of the front-man and hopefully next season that is where Everton will see him. With Cenk Tosun ahead of him, pace out wide and reliable generals behind him in midfield the Icelander will be free to roam and play his best football.
If Everton do that, then they will see more and more of the real Sigurdsson next season.
Mexico prodigy Hirving Lozano shows he’s the man to bolster Everton supply-line next term
Hirving Lozano will have increased his demand after yesterday’s sensational display.
PSV forward Hirving Lozano became a hero for his country yersterday, as Mexico ran out 1-0 victors over defending World Cup champions Germany thanks to his 35th minute goal, and Everton fans will have been watching closely.
The Merseyside outfit are keen on striking a deal for the 22-year-old prodigy, reported the Liverpool Echo this month, with PSV director Marcel Brands joining the Blues from the Dutch giants this window.
Interest was already notable from Everton this summer, and it will only intensify after the starlet’s performance at the highest level. Lozano punished a strangely languid Germany side after numerous warnings on the counter – as Joshua Kimmich and Marvin Plattenhardt raided forward constantly – sending the stadium into raptures, with a brilliant solo goal. And it would prove to be decisive, as Mexico failed to capitalise on a plethora opportunities to put the game to bed.
Initial concerns over the forward were regarding his previous experience, having plied his trade in the Mexican league and now the Eredivisie, which with all due respect, are both a different kettle of fish from the Premier League. But he truly proved his metal yesterday.
Lozano’s 19 goals and 11 assists last term bode well for his future, but his biggest statement undoubtedly came against Germany, and the world’s eyes will now be transfixed on him in their next clash against South Korea on Saturday.
Toffees fans bemoaned the pragmatic style of football under Sam Allardyce last term, having finished 19th for number of shots registered, shots on target and chances created in England’s top tier, highlighting the need for creative players this summer, and Lozano would go a long-way towards solving the problem.
Marco Silva is likely to persist with Cenk Tosun next term, as his Champions League pedigree dovetails with owner Farhad Moshiri’s desire to for European football in the near future, and the Turk’s impact could become doubled along-side the creative Mexican.
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