Everton need to use their summer transfer window to add depth and quality to their squad, and now they have been linked to a new potential transfer target.
What’s the latest?
According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Everton have joined the race to sign Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout.
As per the report, Everton are thinking about plotting a move for Veretout and his current club would expect no less than €15m (£12.8m) to part ways with the player this summer.
Fabian Delph replacement
Frank Lampard will surely be hoping to strengthen his squad during his first full transfer window at the club and signing Veretout would be the perfect replacement and upgrade for Fabian Delph who will leave the club after his contract expires at the end of this month.
The 29-year-old midfielder who was dubbed “wonderful” by journalist Mina Rzouki has been a consistent performer for his Italian club in the Serie A this season over his 36 league appearances.
Veretout scored four goals, contributed eight assists and created nine big chances, all while making 1.6 key passes and completing 0.9 tackles on average per game.
He also won the majority of his duels (56%) and was successful in the large majority of his dribbles (74%), whilst also completing a 93% pass accuracy in his own half.
The midfielder ranked tenth for the most assists in the Serie A, and ranked sixth for assists via set plays in the entire top five European leagues, proving that he is extremely influential in creating goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates, something that would be highly valued at Everton.
Should Everton sign Jordan Veretout?
Everton are in need desperate need to score more goals next season after conceding 23 more goals than they scored last season which ultimately contributed to the Toffees’ difficult relegation battle, so adding Veretout’s prolific playmaking abilities into the team would surely be a huge boost for the team’s chance creation.
That’s an area where he certainly betters Delph too, with the former Man City man failing to provide an assist last term while supplying just 0.4 key passes per match.
With that being said, Kevin Thelwell should be making a move for the midfielder as soon as possible as he could be a real asset for Lampard to deploy in the centre of the pitch next season at Goodison Park especially if he can emulate or even better his output in the Serie A in the Premier League next season.
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