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Enough of Tosun and Calvert-Lewin – Everton’s goalscoring woes would end if they sign this 11-goal hitman

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Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should go all out to sign Gregoire Defrel?

According to a report from Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Everton have been linked with AS Roma forward Gregoire Defrel. (h/t ECHO)

The Frenchman, 27, spent the last season on loan at Sampdoria, scoring 11 goals in 36 appearances. He managed just one goal in 20 appearances for Roma in the 2017/18 campaign but his temporary spell with Sampdoria has caught the attention of Everton, who are certainly in the summer transfer market for attacking reinforcements.

The Toffees boss Marco Silva will be desperate to add a proven goalscorer to his ranks at Goodison Park this summer, as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the top six next season. The Merseysiders struggled for goals this season despite Silva trying different tactics in his first season at the club.

Cenk Tosun was expected to be Silva’s premium striker but the Turkey international endured a disappointing 2018/19 which yielded just three goals in 25 league games. Dominic Calvert-Lewin worked really hard but six goals in 35 appearances isn’t exactly an ideal return, even if he started just half of those games.

That saw the likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson shoulder the goalscoring responsibility for Everton and while they did their bit, the Royal Blues need someone to constantly come up goals and assists. To that end, Gregoire Defrel could be the answer to the Toffees’ problems next term.

Defrel had a good season in the Serie A and would certainly take Everton’s attack to the next level. The Frenchman possesses pace in abundance, is a deadly finisher in front of goal and can stretch defences with lung-bursting runs into the channels. He has a sweet left foot with which he can hit the ball fiercely and test goalkeepers from long-range.

The 27-year-old is clearly a talented forward and will offer plenty of versatility to Silva. The Portuguese manager can use Defrel in different attacking positions, potentially helping his team form a deadly attack alongside the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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The Frenchman could thrive under Silva at the Goodison Park when given extra responsibility and thought of as a key player.

Verdict

At 27, Defrel is entering the prime years of his career and Silva must do all he can to bring the 5ft 11in Frenchman to Goodison Park this summer. If Everton manages to sign the forward from AS Roma it could turn out to be a signing of real significance.

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Everton would be able to offload Seamus Coleman by signing this intense 27-year-old Colombian defender

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Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should make a move for Santiago Arias?

According to a report from the Liverpool Echo, Atletico Madrid right-back Santiago Arias is on the radar of Everton.

The Colombian international, 27, joined Atletico Madrid from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2018 and never really managed to hold down his place in Diego Simeone’s starting XI. He made 20 starts and five substitute appearances in La Liga for Los Rojiblancos this past season, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.

The report claims that Everton Director of Football, Marcel Brands, is a fan of Santiago Arias and wanted to sign the full-back for the Merseysiders in summer of 2018, having brought him to PSV Eindhoven back in 2013.

Everton enjoyed a strong finish to the 2018/19 campaign, finishing eighth in the table. Marco Silva will be eager to build on from those performances and look to break into the top-six next season. He already has a quality squad, which is a mix of experience and youthful exuberance and a few additions over the summer would be beneficial.

While signing a bonafide goalscorer has to be the Toffees’ priority in this summer transfer window, Silva mustn’t forget to address the problems in defence. Signing a couple of central defenders is a must due to the departures of Kurt Zouma and Phil Jagielka at the end of last season. Apart from that, the Portuguese tactician should also target a right-back to cover and compete with Seamus Coleman.

Coleman played his first full campaign since breaking his leg in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in March 2017. He struggled defensively and looked off the pace at times, although, the Ireland skipper discovered his mojo in the second half of 2018/19. But Silva needs to bring in a right-back to compete with Coleman next season, having allowed Jonjoe Kenny to join FC Schalke on a season-long loan.

That being said, signing Santiago Arias could be the right move by the Toffees. Arias may have struggled in his debut season at Atletico Madrid but he is a quality right-back with massive experience. The Colombian operates at a very high intensity, pace, and energy, always willing to get forward and deliver crosses in the box.

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The 27-year-old also possesses a top-quality right foot with great passing abilities and a mean strike. However, Arias has the tendency to get caught out defensively due to his erratic judgement and attacking mindset.

Verdict

If Silva can iron out the flaws present in Arias’ game, this will prove to be another shrewd signing for Everton, who are aiming to qualify for Europe next season.

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Forget Gomes and Gueye – Everton’s midfield would be in stable hands if they sign this £22m-rated ace starring in the Ligue 1

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Everton Opinion: Ibrahim Sangare would be a good replacement for Gomes and Gueye at Goodison Park

According to North Wales Live, Everton are ready to firm up their interest in Toulouse defensive midfielder Ibrahim Sangare this summer, with reports claiming that the Toffees are looking to bolster their ranks.

North Wales Live understands that Everton hold a long-standing interest in the 21-year-old Ivory Coast international and Toulouse have slapped a daunting £22 million price tag on his head.

Everton are believed to be in the market for a new central midfielder this summer, with talks over the permanent deal for Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes failing to reach a positive end so far.

Idrissa Gana Gueye has been heavily linked with moves to Man United and PSG incent times and the uncertainty over the future of two of their first-team central midfielders has probably prompted the Toffees to look at Ibrahim Sangare as a potential transfer target. (h/t Daily Mail)

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Born in Ivory Coast, Sangare started his career with AS Denguele is his homeland before migrating to France and joining Toulouse at the youth level. He made rapid progress through the ranks and broke into the first-team picture in the 2016-17 campaign, making his debut against Angers in Ligue 1.

The highly-rated prospect made only 5 appearances in Ligue 1 in his breakthrough season but his promise and potential was there for everyone to witness. Sangare started as many as 18 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse in the 2017-18 season before establishing himself as one of the key cogs of the team’s midfield the last term.

Toulouse only managed a lower mid-table finish in the French top-flight this past season but the 21-year-old defensive midfielder was one of the shining lights of the club’s otherwise mediocre campaign. Sangare made 28 appearances in Ligue 1 and contributed with a goal and 3 assists, with his consistently impressive displays earning him rave reviews from fans and pundits alike.

Sangare is regarded as one of the brightest emerging prospects in Ligue 1 at the moment and Everton’s interest in the highly-rated prodigy certainly looks justified. The Toffees showed strong signs of promise in their first season under Marco Silva but it is a no-brainer that they need to invest in young and talented players as a part of their long-term plans moving forward.

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To put things into perspective, Ibrahim Sangare might not be one of the household names just yet but he is certainly a player to watch out for in the future. His success in Ligue 1 hardly guarantees the same in the Premier League but few would dare to argue that the Ivorian has all the makings of developing into a top-quality player in the years to come.

Advertised as a defensive midfielder, Sangare’s towering 6ft. 3-inch frame coupled with his tough-tackling and aggressive style of play makes him a dominating presence in the middle of the park. A wonderful tackler who is also blessed with a good range of passing, Sangare is noted for his ability to break up the play with crucial interventions, whilst also showcasing the calmness and composure to dictate the tempo of the game in the midfield.

The 21-year-old averaged 54.1 passes per game with an accuracy percentage of 79.6, including 3.9 successful long balls, 3.6 tackles, 1 interception, 1.4 aerial duels and 0.7 key passes, figures which are certainly good enough for a player of his age.

Everton have the likes of Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin as viable options in the middle of the park but someone like Sangare would add that extra bit of aggression and youthful exuberance to the club’s ranks, whilst also increasing competition for places.

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The Toffees will be expected to challenge for a European spot next term, and while a specialist centre-forward could be the key to their chances for that matter, the acquisition of Ibrahim Sangare would certainly be a step in the right direction.

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Everton’s midfield would be in safe hands if they sign this uncapped 21-year-old dynamo for £22m – Agreed?

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Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should go for Ibrahim Sangare?

According to a report from the Daily Post, Everton are interested in signing Toulouse midfield powerhouse Ibrahim Sangare.

The uncapped Ivorian, 21, was impressive in the last season with Toulouse, managing a goal and two assists in 28 Ligue 1 appearances. The French club have named their price for the defensive midfielder, who is also believed to have caught the attention of Lyon.

The report claims that Everton will have to pay in the region of £22m to land Ibrahim Sangare, as the 22-year-old did sign a contract extension last season until 2022.

Everton need reinforcements in every department after finishing eighth in Marco Silva’s debut season at the Goodison Park. The Merseyside outfit were inconsistent throughout the campaign, something which Silva will look to change to give his team a better chance of breaking into the top six next term.

But one cannot deny the Toffees need new additions over the summer, especially in midfield. The Sport reports that Andre Gomes is closing in on a permanent move to the Goodison Park. Everton are locked in negotiations with Barcelona over the structure of a deal that is set to be worth over €30m.

Signing Gomes permanently would be excellent for Silva after the midfielder impressed in his loan spell last season. But his midfield partner—Idrissa Gueye—is a transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain. Everton did manage to keep hold of the Senegalese in January but if PSG come up with an offer of around £30million, the Merseysiders must sell him this summer.

Gueye will turn 30 in September and his Everton contract expires in the summer of 2022, which is why cashing him on would be the right move. And by doing so, Silva must replace him with the young Ibrahim Sangare.

A midfield enforcer, Sangare has immense stamina and energy which helps him tirelessly move around the pitch and break opposition’s attacks. He is technically solid, can pass the ball well and has the physical qualities to thrive in the Premier League. Standing at 6ft 3in, the Ivorian is composed in possession and expert at driving with the ball from deep.

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An excellent tackler, the 21-year-old also possesses good pace, power, dribbling skills and ability to pick a pass. Sangare is a real handful when he gets in the box and while isn’t renowned for scoring goals, he’s an asset to have on both ends of the pitch.

Verdict

Sangare’s age, profile and maturity on and off the ball is appealing and he could be the right man to replace Gueye at Everton. As Gomes is close to joining Silva’s team, we might also see a new midfield partnership between Gomes and Sangare blossom next season, who knows?

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