Everton are beginning to make more moves in the transfer market as they attempt to build a squad strong enough to challenge for the top six. There is optimism on Merseyside after the appointment of Ronald Koeman, who is a manager used to rebuilding squads. He had to do it each summer he was at Southampton and he is faced with a similar task at Goodison Park.
According to the Guardian, Everton have made Yannick Bolasie a priority target this week and movement has been quick today as a deal has been agreed between the two clubs. After a frustrating summer, Everton are finally starting to make inroads in the transfer market and Bolasie looks to set to become their biggest addition so far.
ESPN report that a fee has been agreed and stands at around £25m, but according to Sky Sports, it could rise to £30m over time. These are high figures being talked about and they are arguably too much for a player of Bolasie’s calibre. However, it is reflective of the crazy inflation of transfer fees, caused by the new Premier League television deal. Bolasie is one of the key players for Crystal Palace and as such, an extraordinary fee is required to convince them to sell.
For the player himself, Bolasie is believed to be open to a move away, due to the competition in the squad at Palace. He is likely to be rotated as Palace are stocked for wingers, with Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Andros Townsend all at the club. The latter has been signed to increase competition, but it looks to have resulted in Bolasie leaving the club.
Everton are looking at Bolasie as they need to strengthen their wing options. They currently have Gerard Deulofeu, Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas at the club. None of these have managed to secure a regular place in the team, which makes reinforcements necessary.
If a move is completed, Bolasie would improve their first eleven, as he possesses a lot more quality than both Lennon and Mirallas. His ability to beat players with both his pace and skill mark him as a dynamic winger, capable of creating space on the wing. He has a good end product and his decision making has come on a lot over the last 12 months. There remain doubts about his game, including his defensive contribution as he is prone to conceding silly fouls, but that can be forgiven as he is very dangerous in the final third.
Although his goal and assist tallies for the three seasons Palace have been in the Premier League are poor, he is a game-changer and they are required in this division. The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and the difference between the 20 clubs is continuing to narrow, which makes it crucial to have players in your squad who can turn a game on its head. Bolasie is certainly one of those and alongside Deulofeu, Ross Barkley, and Romelu Lukaku, he could be devastating.
It was important that Everton made moves quickly after selling John Stones to Manchester City on Tuesday morning. There is optimism that things are set to improve under Koeman and they need to retain that good mood around the club. They have done minimal business this summer and it was pivotal that they brought some players in this week. The reports that they have agreed on a fee for Bolasie and that Ashley Williams is set to sign are both encouraging. They will be now hoping the club can close both deals, which they have struggled with at times during the window.
The fee reported for Bolasie is high considering he has been good but not spectacular during his time in the top flight, but it was important that Everton were ruthless in the market as time is running out for them to put together the squad that Koeman wants. If they had waited until the end of the window and created tension between Bolasie and Crystal Palace, they may well have been able to secure the winger for a cheaper price. However, Everton need to get players through the door before the beginning of the season. Bolasie improves their starting eleven and will add flair to the attack. He will be a very good signing for the club and the move could give him the confidence to take his game to the level.
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