Everton are reportedly on the hunt for Turkish winger Cengiz Under this month. As reported by Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones, the Toffees have made contact with the Roma player’s representatives. Roma value him at €40 million (£34m), according to the report, and are open to offers.
Under was, of course, linked with Everton before. In the summer, Italian website TMW reported that Everton had a €28 million bid for the player rejected.
That was the end of it, however, with Everton moving on to target Wilfried Zaha and eventually sign Alex Iwobi.
But if Everton were to get Under now, it would be a real slap in the face for their former manager Marco Silva.
Throughout the summer the rhetoric regarding what Silva wanted in the transfer market was simple. He needed a replacement for Idrissa Gana Gueye, a new striker, a centre-back and a left-footed winger. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean were signed to fill the first two voids but the other gaps were never plugged.
As reported by The Telegraph, Silva felt the attack lacked balance with all the Toffees’ attacking players relying heavily on their right foot. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Bernard and now Iwobi prove his point.
It has proven to be a big problem for Everton, with their lack of fluidity in attack a major issue throughout his reign. Whilst Under might not have made a massive impact, if Everton go out and get a left-footed winger in his ilk this month for Ancelotti, it will no doubt leave a sour taste in Silva’s mouth.