With some dismal displays over the past week, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti will be considering how to reshape his squad ahead of his first full season in charge of the Blues.
Thoughts are already turning to the 2020/21 campaign after the dates for the summer transfer window were announced on Wednesday so here’s a round-up of the latest Everton -related rumours swirling around the web on the tittle-tattle trail.
Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace winger who prompted many Evertonians to tune into Sky Sports on the deadline day of last summer’s transfer window in the hope he’d be joining the Blues.
Although the Ivory Coast international’s stock was arguably at its highest back then, with a reputation of being the Premier League’s best player outside the ‘big six’, he has struggled to replicate last season’s form that saw him hit double figures.
Unless he scores in the Eagles last three games of the campaign the 27-year-old is on course for equalling his lowest scoring return since going back to Selhurst Park from Manchester United.
The Daily Mail reports that Everton remain interested in Zaha with the player facing another summer of uncertainty.
They say Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Newcastle United are also interested in the player who made no secret of his desire to quit his south London club at the start of the season.
Suitors stepped away from potential deals for Zaha last summer because they felt Crystal Palace’s £80million valuation was inflated.
Following the season Zaha has had and the financial impact the global coronavirus pandemic has had on the transfer market, the Eagles seem unlikely to get anywhere near that amount this time around.
Another day, another Allan rumour.
You might not have seen the Brazilian midfielder play but by the end of this year you may well think you know him as well as former boss Carlo Ancelotti who has been repeatedly linked with his signature since taking charge at Everton.
Sport Witness quote Rai Sport journalist Pablo Paganini talking to Radio Kiss Kiss as saying that Everton have made the ‘most important’ offer for Allan so far, but the Italian club are stalling on a deal as they do not want to “undersell” the 29-year-old.
The article adds that Allan has long been linked with a move away from the Serie A side, having seen his relationship with the club deteriorate over the last year.
A failed move to PSG last summer and several failed attempts to get him signed to a new deal has seen relations become strained.
Everton certainly look like they could do with fresh impetus in the engine room and Ancelotti has worked with the player so he knows better than anyone whether Allan could prove the answer for the Blues.
Bouna Sarr, the Olympique Marseille right-back who has been attracted plenty of admiring glances from across the English Channel.
Having joined OM from Metz in 2015, the 28-year-old was reputed to be looking for a new challenge.
As well as Everton, Sarr has been linked to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham United but HITC quote him as telling his local paper La Provence that he is now happy to stay put after his side qualified for the Champions League.
He says: “I still have two years left (on my deal).
“We will have to see how the market will work, if there are opportunities, but I’m not obsessed with leaving.
“For once, we will be playing in the Champions League – I really want to discover that here.
“Besides that, I’m coming to an age where opportunities will become more scarce. I do not think you can force me to leave. I’m happy to be at OM.”
Right-back is arguably the position most up in the air at Everton.
Captain Seamus Coleman has been arguably the Blues best player in the position during the Premier League era but turns 32 in October.
Jonjoe Kenny has just finished an impressive loan spell in the Bundesliga with Schalke while France World Cup winner Djibril Sidibe is currently on loan from Monaco.
Given that Sarr was born in the same year as Sidibe but remains uncapped, you wonder whether he would even be an upgrade.