Thursday, May 6, 2021

Are Everton planning another superstar swoop this summer?

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Suffering a 2-1 defeat at home against Aston Villa on Saturday night, Everton saw their outside Champions League hopes take what could be a critical blow.

Now in an uphill battle to try and bring some form of European football back to Goodison Park for next season, The Blues could be in line for another big summer transfer window.

After bringing Carlo Ancelotti to Merseyside back in December 2019, the arrival of the former Bayern Munich boss has seen some of Europe’s top stars make the move to England.

Able to secure the likes of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Allan from Napoli in a pair of blockbuster moves last year, we have taken a look at three other superstars who are reportedly on Everton’s wishlist this summer.

Philippe Coutinho

Although Philippe Coutinho might have made his name after becoming a Liverpool icon during a five-year stay at Anfield, the 28-year-old could be on his way back to Merseyside.

In what would be a controversial move for the playmaker, The Sun reported over the weekend that the Brazilian ace is set to sign up with Everton at the end of the season.

After making the record-breaking £145million move to Catalonia back in 2018, Coutinho has drastically struggled to find his feet in Spain and now finds himself in the midst of a La Liga nightmare.

Still yet to feature in 2021, the former Liverpool star has been dealing with a long-term knee injury and has managed to make just 14 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.

Spending the whole of last season on loan with Bayern Munich, The Sun suggested that Everton have already lined up a £35million deal in order to bring Coutinho back to the Premier League this summer.

Sergio Aguero

After finding the net with a sublime finish in Manchester City’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, there still remains a string of speculation surrounding Sergio Aguero’s future.

With it confirmed last month that the Premier League icon will be ending his decade-long stay at The Etihad this summer, the 32-year-old has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea.

However, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin might be enjoying a career-best campaign this year, The Daily Star reported on Sunday that Everton are planning a swoop for the Argentine striker.

The report goes on to suggest that while The Toffees would be unable to match Aguero’s current £240,000-a-week deal, they would reportedly make up any shortfall in wage with a substantial signing-on fee.

Showing signs of his best at Selhurst Park over the weekend, there is no doubt that fans around Goodison would relish the arrival of a player who needs just one more goal to equal Wayne Rooney’s record of 183 Premier League strikes for a single club.

Adrien Rabiot

Although the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucouré might have gained plenty of plaudits for their role in Everton’s new-look midfield this season, many expect The Blues to be in the market for another option this summer.

Along with their links to the likes of Aguero and Coutinho, some across Europe were left surprised last week by a report from the Italian outlet Calciomercato that suggests that Ancelotti’s side have been given the chance to sign another superstar.

While Adrien Rabiot might have impressed in a struggling Juventus side this season, the 26-year-old could already been on his way out of Turin after just two years with the former Serie A champions.

With The Old Lady still dealing with some real financial issues, Calciomercato’s report suggests that Juve are actively looking for a buyer for Rabiot, and they are now offering him out to other clubs ahead of the summer window.

Ancelotti promoted Rabiot to the PSG first team in 2012, and Il Bianconero claims that Ancelotti wants him signed at Everton ‘immediately’.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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