Everton transfer news as offer now on table for Emiliano Martinez
Everton have reportedly made an offer to sign FC Midtjylland midfielder Emiliano Martinez this summer, according to journalist Rodri Vazquez.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a successful first year in the Danish Superliga having joined from Brazilian outfit Red Bull Bragantino last summer, going on to feature in 23 games for Midtjylland as they finished eighth in the table.
And according to Uruguayan journalist Vazquez, taking to his personal Twitter account [1 June], Everton have made an offer to sign the talented midfielder this summer.
He tweeted: “Emiliano Martínez has had a great season at Midtjylland and that has aroused interest in major leagues in Europe.
“The Uruguayan midfielder has firm offers from Bordeaux and Everton.
“It is almost a fact that he will change teams in the next transfer window.”
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Everton are in need of some desperate squad revamp this summer, after narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship after their gut-wrenching 1-0 triumph over Bournemouth on the Premier League final day [28 May].
One position in major need of addressing is midfield with the Toffees arguably resigned to losing key man Amadou Onana to free up some much-needed funds, and also Idrissa Gueye probably no longer possessing the qualities to lead from defensive midfielder beyond next season.
For that reason, the Toffees will need to start identifying potential replacements and though Martinez may be something of an unknown quantity to Everton fans, he’s a player emerging on the scene after a terrific first campaign in Denmark.
Emiliano is the very definition of a number ‘6’ but also of a typical Uruguayan player, thanks to his efforts on the pitch and his intensity off and on the ball.
In 22 starts for FC Midtjylland, the 23-year-old averaged a whopping 2.6 tackles per game. 1.0 interceptions 1.1 clearances, winning 56% of his ground duels, 58% of his aerial duels showcasing his qualities from midfield and tremendous off-the-ball work [SofaScore].
And he’s also an adept progressor of the ball, successfully completing 93% of his pass from his own half – a tactical trait Everton may be desperate for next season, alongside the likes of James Garner. In Martinez, Everton could very well be unearthing an impressive midfield diamond.