Everton could take advantage of mass exodus at Chelsea by signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Conor Gallagher and Hakim Ziyech this summer
Everton could look to take advantage of the mass exodus set to take place at Chelsea this summer by bringing in several of their players on cut-price deals.
Chelsea currently have 33 first-team players and a report from the Evening Standard (28 March) suggests that manager Graham Potter wants to trim the fat and get down to a squad of around 25 players.
Several players are expected to leave, with Chelsea expected to do even more business in the summer despite Todd Boehly spending in excess of £600m since taking over the club last summer.
But there are several players who aren’t really involved these days at Stamford Bridge, and a lot of them have been tipped to move to Goodison Park in the last 12 months.
The most obvious is midfielder Conor Gallagher, who Everton tried to spend the money they brought in for Anthony Gordon on only for him to reject the move in January as he wanted to fight for his place in London.
Another is Hakim Ziyech, who was briefly linked with a move in January before he seemed set to move to Paris-Saint Germain. That move fell through after paperwork wasn’t filed in time and he has returned to the team at Chelsea but still looks set to leave the club in the summer.
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Then there is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was brutally cast aside after joining the club last summer, only for Thomas Tuchel to be sacked and Potter not fancying him – excluding him from the Champions League squad for the second half of the season.
Everton were linked with a move by Sacha Tavolieri, while they have also shown a big interest in young striker Armando Broja previously too.
But now Everton have the chance to reignite their interest in the summer, if they’re able to avoid relegation.
With all three players made available for transfer, Everton could look to do a joint deal to get a cut-price deal and take advantage of the fact that they are in a position where they need to sell.
Usually it’s Everton in that position, and it’s possible that clubs will try to take advantage of our financial troubles this summer. But we have to ensure that we strengthen our squad this summer, not weaken it.
It will be difficult to convince them to join considering our problems in recent years, but to rebuild we need to be smart with how we spend our money and these are players who have the quality to improve us overnight.