According to latest reports, Everton are after Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida. People around the world would have noticed the 29-year-old as he formed a solid partnership with Dejan Lovren for Croatia which helped them finish top of their group in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 29-year-old joined Besiktas in the January transfer window and now, he is being linked with a move away from the club. Everton are looking for a solid centre-back as they recently parted ways with Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams is also being linked with a move away from the club.
That will leave Marco Silva with only Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka as his viable centre-back pairing and it is clear that getting a top central defender is of utmost priority for the Merseyside club.
Everton are willing to use former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen in the deal and it remains to be seen whether the Turkish giants will comply to those offers. It is believed that Besiktas rejected the first bid for the defender which was said to be in the region of £10m and it is clear that they want something more than that amount for their Croatian defender.
A good World cup campaign for him will certainly push his price further and the Turkish giants won’t certainly mind that. The move is only likely to go through after the World Cup as the player would not want to take a decision on his future at this point in time.
He had made 13 appearances in the league last season for Besiktas and was impressive for them as they fell just short of the domestic league title by 4 points.
Everton will be looking for a new beginning under Marco Silva and they will be expected to play a fluid and attacking style in the upcoming season. Even though Sam Allardyce, their previous manager, guided them to a respectable 8th spot, he was shown the door, so it is clear that the Merseyside club is now looking to challenge the big boys of the Premier League and the Portuguese tactician will need to bring in reinforcements to his squad.
The defender has been doing well for his side in the past few years but a move to the Premier League will certainly be the biggest test of Vida’s career. We have often seen players from other leagues fail to establish themselves in England and Marco Silva will certainly be hoping that is not the case if he goes on to bring the defender at Goodison Park.
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