Elliott Cuff Fan Q&A: Aarons and Rabiot emerge as frontrunner Everton summer targets
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Carlo Ancelotti oversaw a number of incoming transfers last summer, with Everton bringing a host of fresh talent to Goodison Park.
The Italian worked with Director of Football Marcel Brands to bring James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Ben Godfrey and Niels Nkounkou to the club.
In total the Toffees spent around £65million [Sky Sports] in the transfer market, with Doucoure, Allan and Godfrey sharing the total, as James and Nkounkou arrived as free agents.
However Everton still have some way to go if they are to break into the ‘top four’ in the near future, with many of the Premier League’s elite possessing staggering squad depth.
We asked for your burning questions about the Blues this week for Goodison News editor Elliott Cuff to answer.
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Who exactly Everton might aim to sign this summer was brought up by one supporter.
There are a number of areas that Everton need to address this summer; most notably at right-back, in central midfield and on the right wing.
Neither Mason Holgate nor Jonjoe Kenny are considered to be worthy of succeeding Seamus Coleman at right-back in the long run, and that has led to speculation that the Blues could sign Max Aarons from Norwich this summer [Mail Online]. They’d undoubtedly face heavy competition for his signature, but he would certainly fit the profile for the type of player that Marcel Brands is looking for.
In midfield it very much depends on who remains on Merseyside next season. Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies won’t be going anywhere, but both Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson could be sold with just one year remaining on their respective contracts. JP Gbamin could also return from injury, further bolstering the club’s options. Adrien Rabiot is one such name currently in the frame [CalcioMercato], but he could prove difficult to lure away from Turin.
On the right wing, Everton have been linked with a number of players. Lucas Vasquez [Deportes Cuatro] and Silas Wamangituka [Eurosport] have emerged as options in recent weeks, while Wilfried Zaha’s name will inevitably crop up again at some point. Unlike at right-back (Aarons) and in midfield (Rabiot), there doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut target in place just yet, but for all we know Brands and Ancelotti could be working silently behind the scenes.
All of this is to say that it is currently unclear who Everton will try to pursue this summer, but Carlo knows where he needs to strengthen and the club will provide him with the means to do so.
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