With the permanent transfer of Andre Gomes from Barcelona appearing to be a formality, Everton are seemingly stepping up their activity in this area, with a busy summer expected at Goodison Park.
After finishing eighth in the Premier League last time around, the Toffees have put faith in manager Marco Silva, with the Portuguese boss likely to have a significant budget to take advantage of over the coming weeks. So, just where do Everton need reinforcements?
Gomes is set to sign on the dotted line for an estimated £22 million, with the Portugal international having impressed during his loan spell with the club last season. However, manager Silva is believed to be interested an attacking player, along with a central defender, following the departures of both Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams. Meanwhile, Croatian winger Nikola Vlasic is closing in on a permanent switch to CSKA Moscow.
Having been handed a good opening run of fixtures for the 19/20 Premier League campaign, the Toffees will be looking to hit the ground running and climb the table at the earliest possible opportunity. Everton take on Crystal Palace, Watford and Aston Villa in their opening three matches, with the likes of David Neres, Bertrand Traoré and Djene Dakonam all potentially lining up for Silva’s side. Everton struggled against the Premier League’s top teams last season, despite impressive campaigns from new arrivals including Gomes and full-back Lucas Digne.
Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson both finished on 14 goals last season in the top-flight, however a new striker could well be on the shopping list for Silva, with many feeling the Everton are yet to replace Romelu Lukaku. Should they do so, the Toffees could well make a charge for a European spot come the end of the upcoming campaign, with the Blues already having been well backed by bookmakers.
The fact that Leighton Baines have signed a new contract with the club comes as good news, with Silva requiring better competition for places than last season. Silva will also be hoping that the likes of Yerry Mina and Cenk Tosun can have a far greater impact upon the team, with the duo having both largely struggled following big money moves from Europe over the last few years. Elsewhere, the futures of Ademola Lookman, Oumar Nisse and Sandro Ramirez are all up in the air, especially with a hatful of new arrivals expected at Goodison Park over the coming weeks. While everton fans are undoubtedly eagerly awaiting additional transfer news, all major bookies have had their say on the transfer action. With things likely to speed up in this area following a quiet start to the window, fans willing to back their predictions with a bet or two should keep an eye on bookie comparison sites for the newest betting promotions and offers. Coral review on FBS website for example, contains all latest football offers from the bookies.