Everton’s current situation might force Ronald Koeman to go big in the January transfer window. The Toffees broke all their transfer record in the summer as owner Farhad Moshiri injected new funds in a hope to secure a spot in the top four.
But the way they have performed so far, things will only get difficult for them. According to reports, Everton are interested in bringing Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho to the Goodison Park this January.
The Portuguese midfielder was on the watch list of West ham United gaffer Slaven Bilic and the two clubs even had a deal in the place in the summer but the Hammers refused to budge into Sporting’s increasing demands and therefore a deal couldn’t happen.
Bilic’s loss could be Koeman’s gain. The Dutch gaffer believes Carvalho is perfect for Everton and is likely to move for in the winter tranfer window. Koeman is pretty well stocked in the midfield with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and James McCarthy are present at his disposal but McCarthy hasn’t been able to emulate his old form and he might be offloaded in January.
Koeman badly needs goals and has been hunting for a striker but his team’s lacklustre performance has compelled him to alter his transfer strategy. Carvalho has all the possible attributes to become a success on the English soil. He has a powerful presence, has a solid vision of a pass and can dictate the play with his enormous passing range.
He came through the Academy of the Portuguese giants and has racked up 40 appearances for the Portugal national side. He was a pivotal part of the Portugal squad which lifted the Euro 2016 and is destined to be a key player for them when they compete in the World Cup next year.
The Toffees are ready to splash as much as £31m for the player but the main thing is whether Sporting will entertain any of it. The player has played a major role for the club over the years and losing him would be a big blow for them.
West Ham might come back with a renewed bid for the 25-year-old but Everton is likely to be in the driver’s seat. Despite welcoming a host of names this summer, the Merseyside club have failed to justify their transfer business so far. Sporting has remained defiant in their stance and Everton do have a very tough job in their hands. But is Carvalho a decent signing for Everton?