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Forget Everton – This £36m-rated Portuguese playmaker should join their Merseyside rivals Liverpool instead and here is why

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Bruno Fernandes would be a good addition to Liverpool’s squad 

According to Liverpool Echo, Liverpool and Everton are set to fight it out for the signature of Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window.

Sporting Lisbon rate their prized asset at £36million and both the Merseyside clubs are interested in bolstering their squad.

The 24-year-old made his senior debut with Italian second division side Novara before making his move to Udinese in 2013. After spending three seasons at Udinese, Fernandes joined fellow Serie A club Sampdoria in 2016 and shifted bases back to his homeland in the following season with Sporting Lisbon.

Bruno has really come into his own at Sporting and has taken his career to a new level, accumulating 30 goals and 29 assists from 82 appearances across all competitions. The 24-year-old was a part of the Portugal squad that participated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and has already been capped 11 times by his nation at the senior international level.

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The Portuguese playmaker was a huge hit on his debut season in Portugal, accumulating 11 goals and 8 assists in the league and has bit the ground running this term as well, amassing 6 goals and 5 assists from 15 league appearances.

Standing at just a shade under 6ft. in height, Bruno Fernandes is a tactically versatile and technically gifted midfielder who is comfortable in central, attacking and wide roles in the middle of the park.

He has an intricate first touch and a very good range of passing which allows him to distribute the ball and switch the play. However, he has the vision and the awareness to link up the play and find the runs of his teammates with accurate lobbed passes into the final third.

Fernandes is known for his tactical awareness and positional play in the midfield, ensuring that the opposition is on their toes even when he doesn’t have the ball at his feet. He is adept at drifting drift to supply crosses into the box, while he also likes to work the channels in the final third to find the half-spaces.

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Furthermore, he is known for his tenacity, hard-working nature, drive, application, intelligence, composure on the ball and work ethics, making him an indispensable asset in both halves of the pitch.

Bruno has averaged 3.1 key passes, 3.5 shots, 1.9 crosses, 3.9 long balls and 1.8 tackles per game this season, which speaks volumes of his well-rounded abilities as a midfielder.

To put things into perspective, Liverpool should take the first step and aim to have the final say over their bitter rivals Everton in this transfer saga. Jurgen Klopp brought in the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho as a part of his summer spending spree to bolster the midfield.

The Reds are still at the top of the table in the Premier League, four points clear of Manchester City but Klopp will not be happy about his team’s early exit from the FA Cup against Wolves. As things stand, Liverpool have adequate depth in their midfield options but they should make a decision on the future of Adam Lallana, who has struggled for form and fitness this season.

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Someone like Bruno Fernandes can turn out to be a useful asset to Liverpool’s midfield in the long run and the fact that he is still only 24, should make the deal all the more exciting for the fans to look forward to.

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Everton signing this prolific No. 9 would go a long way in solving Silva’s goalscoring woes – Agreed?

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Everton Opinion: Toffees should make Borja Iglesias a priority this summer

According to claims from Spanish source El Desmarque, Everton are prepared to offer Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias a significant pay rise to lure him to Goodison Park in the summer, with reports suggesting that the Toffees would be happy to quadruple the Spaniard’s wages.

This is not the first time, though, that Everton have been linked with the 26-year-old, with Marca reporting that the Toffees wanted to sign the centre-forward in January, only for the player to turn down the move.

A youth product of Valencia and Villarreal, Iglesias established himself as a prolific goalscorer for Celta Vigo’s reserve team in his earlier days and netted a staggering 22 goals for Real Zaragoza last season in the Segunda Division before making his mark in the La Liga following a summer switch to Espanyol.

The 26-year-old has finally made an impact in his debut season in the top flight, scoring 14 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions.

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Meanwhile, Everton managed to get themselves back to winning ways with a stunning 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League after a bizarre 3-2 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.

The Toffees promised a lot after spending a fortune in the transfer window last summer but they have been anything but impressive in their first season under Marco Silva.

Everton were expected to challenge for a top-six finish after bringing in the likes of Richarlison, Bernard, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes but they just haven’t been able to string together a consistent enough run to impress their fans.

Silva will be expected to dip into the transfer market once again this summer to add a few fresh faces and centre-forward is one area which is in dire need of investment.

Cenk Tosun was supposed to be one of the mainstays of Everton’s forward line but the Turk has largely underwhelmed with his performances and the Toffees need to get him off their books at the earliest. Richarlison has done well as a makeshift centre-forward but he is always more dangerous when he plays out wide on the left.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has made a significant impact up front in recent months but the Toffees need to bring in a prolific goalscorer- someone who can score 15-20 goals in a season, to challenge for a European spot.

They have been on the lookout for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku since the Belgian’s departure to Man United, and in Borja Iglesias, they might have finally found the man to answer their prayers.

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Standing at 6ft.2 inches with a towering frame, Borja Iglesias is a no-nonsense out-and-out centre-forward who is known for his clinical finishing.

More of an old-school physical centre-forward rather than a modern-day playmaking wide forward, Iglesias uses his height and strength to win plenty of aerial balls inside the box.

Regarded as a fox inside the box, the Spaniard mainly relies on his instincts and awareness to score goals – rising above the defenders to get his head to the ball from crosses and set-pieces, making subtle runs behind the backline and positioning himself perfectly for simple tap-ins.

Although he is not particularly fast, Iglesias can be deceptive with his pace and sharpness and has notable flair on the ball, often turning his marker to have a proper crack on goal. Furthermore, he is a tireless worker who seldom runs out of steam.

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Everton need to aim for better things next season and Iglesias, though a relatively late bloomer at 26, has shown strong signs of excellence at the highest level. That said, the Toffees should go all out in their pursuit of the Spaniard this summer.

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Olivier Giroud must forget Chelsea and join any of these 2 PL sides to revive his career – Here is why

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Chelsea Opinion: Two ideal Premier League destinations for Olivier Giroud

According to a report from Sky Sports, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud wants to move back to France when his contract expires at the end of the season after growing frustrated by a lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Frenchman, 32, has made just see Premier League starts this season. He has fallen behind the on-loan Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order after the Argentine’s arrival from Juventus in January.

This has resulted in Olivier Giroud getting very less opportunities in the Premier League, although he has been a regular in Europa League where he is the competition’s top-scorer with nine goals in as many games.

The striker, who won the World Cup with France last summer, may have admitted his desire to move back to France but there could be clubs in the Premier League that could hand Giroud an opportunity to continue his career in England.

With that in mind, here are two ideal Premier League destinations for Giroud.

1. West Ham

According to a report from the Daily Mirror, West Ham wanted to sign Giroud last summer and again in January. But Manuel Pellegrini ended up keeping Marko Arnautovic as a move to China failed to materialise.

But come summer, Pellegrini could face a potential burnout of options in the strike department.

Arnautovic, despite penning a new one-year contract extension, could leave if a bigger club comes calling, while Andy Carroll is out of contract in June. Javier Hernandez may stay put after finding his form of late but Lucas Perez could leave West Ham due to lack of opportunities.

That leaves a big hole in the Hammers’ attack and there won’t be a better time for the Londoners to reignite their interest and sign Giroud. The Frenchman could be an ideal replacement for Carroll, whilst having a better fitness record than the English forward.

Also, the 32-year-old won’t cost a single penny for Pellegrini, meaning the Hammers could be able to use their funds in strengthening other areas of the pitch.

2. Everton

Everton have lacked a clinical goal-scorer since the departure of Romelu Lukaku two years ago. Cenk Tosun has failed to live up to the billing since joining from Besiktas in January 2018, leaving an extra burden of scoring regularly on the young shoulders of Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season.

The Toffees manager, Marco Silva, needs to address this problem ahead of the next season. And signing Giroud from Chelsea this summer would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Royal Blues.

In Giroud, Everton would finally get a focal point to their attack that they have desperately lacked all this campaign. The Frenchman is excellent at link-up play and his ability to hold the ball up would help bring the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Richarlison more into play.

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Not to forget, Everton would not need to break the bank for the former Arsenal man. All in all, the 32-year-old striker’s signing would represent a coup for Silva’s side.

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Everton snapping up this 26-year-old defensive beast on a free in the summer would be a shrewd move by Silva

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Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should sign Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn

Everton have been hugely inconsistent this season under Marco Silva. Despite spending big in the summer transfer window, the Toffees sit 11th in the table and could miss out a place in the Europa League next season.

Silva’s team are unpredictable; they can lose to Newcastle United on one day and defeat Chelsea on the other. That’s how the Merseysiders have been all this season but next summer will prove to be an even bigger test for the Portuguese tactician and he’ll have to be smart in the next transfer window.

There are a few areas that needs addressing if the Toffees are to improve next season. Everton’s defence has been all over the place this campaign, with Silva’s men leaking goals for fun.

That should be Silva’s biggest concern and considering that the likes of Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma won’t be a part of the team in the 2019/20 campaign, the Portuguese manager has some serious planning to do from now on.

Losing Zouma and out of contract Jagielka will be big blows for the Merseyside outfit but it won’t be the end of the world, as with time and confidence, Michael Keane has stepped up and proven himself this season.

He’ll likely be a permanent fixture in Everton’s backline but the Englishman needs a reliable player to partner him. Yerry Mina hasn’t done enough to justify a regular berth, leaving Everton in need of a dependable centre-half next season.

That being said, the Toffees should make a summer swoop for Swansea City star, Mike van der Hoorn.

The Dutch defender has been a rock at the back for Swansea City in the Championship but the south Wales side are likely to miss out on a play-off spot.

Mike van der Hoorn is out of contract in the summer but his deal is said to contain a one-year extension in the club’s favour; however, the club’s parachute payments are dropping by the year and it may be the Welsh outfit’s best interests to let go off the 26-year-old this summer.

Van der Hoorn has been one of the consistent defenders in the Championship this term, excelling for the Swans with his strength, power, ball-playing abilities and leadership qualities.

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Formerly of Ajax, it hasn’t been a surprise to see the Dutchman play out from the back with such ease and poise in the Championship. His aerial ability combined with his decision-making and positional awareness would make him an asset for Everton’s leaky backline.

Verdict

The Toffees would need a leader at the back following Jagielka’s departure. Van der Hoorn will be a fantastic fit at the Goodison Park and on a potentially free transfer, it’s a move Silva has to make especially if Everton are to have any chance of qualifying for Europe.

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