Marco Silva hopes for a less frantic transfer window this summer and his focus is on keeping Everton’s best players, according to the Times.
Last summer, the Toffees signed six players and while Silva outlined his desire to sign Andre Gomes on a permanent basis, he said he hopes for a calmer window.
He said: “Let’s see what Barcelona’s decision is about him, if they want to sell. Then we will see André’s decision and, let’s see what we can do. It is up to us to do what we can to keep our best players in our squad.
“If the player is linked with other good, strong clubs in the Premier League, it shows he has quality. If you talk about quieter, you talk about keeping our best players. That must be our first aim.”
Silva did a lot of good work last summer but it largely came late in the window – which was likely influenced by the World Cup.
Now, he doesn’t need as many as six players – he already has a big squad – but he does need improvements in specific positions.
Right back and centre forward are the main two, but as Silva says, he needs to try and sign Gomes just to have the same standard of squad as this season – but keeping his team together is the most important.