Carlo Ancelotti leaves Everton for Real Madrid
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With Everton expected to announce Rafa Benitez as their new manager next week, attention will soon turn to the club’s summer transfer business. Benitez will likely be financially backed by Farhad Moshiri ahead of the 2021/22 season as Everton seek European football.
Benitez left Newcastle United in 2019 due to frustrations with owner Mike Ashley’s reluctance to back him in the transfer market.
Moshiri has likely promised to provide the 61-year-old Spaniard with new players during contract talks, so Everton could field a new-look side in 21/22.
Express Sport look at how Everton could set up next season with Benitez’s potential first four signings as manager.
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Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero
With Jordan Pickford enjoying a positive end to the season and a strong Euro 2020 campaign so far, he’ll likely remain Everton’s number one next season.
However, Everton need a new option after the expiration of Robin Olsen’s loan, and Sergio Romero could be a prime candidate.
The Argentine has left Manchester United as a free agent and has stated his desire to stay in England.
Everton have been linked with him in the past and could now have a clear run to sign him.
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Defence: Denzel Dumfries, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne
So far, one of the stars of Euro 2020 has been right-back Denzel Dumfries, who has been linked to an Everton move this summer.
Seamus Coleman is now 32, and whilst the Toffees have also been credited with an interest in Max Aarons, Marcel Brands could target his fellow Dutchman.
English duo Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey are likely to continue their centre-back partnership, with Lucas Digne also remaining at left-back.
Midfield: Sander Berge, Abdoulaye Doucoure
With Allan’s future unclear after Carlo Ancelotti’s exit, Everton could target Sander Berge as his replacement.
The Norwegian defensive midfielder may not want to play Championship football with Sheffield United next season.
Arsenal and Everton have been linked with him this summer, and a move would be unlikely to break the bank.
He’d partner Abdoulaye Doucoure as part of a midfield pivot, with the Frenchman set to stay after an impressive start to life at Goodison Park.
Attack: Leon Bailey, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has unsurprisingly been linked with a big-money exit this summer, but he’s expected to stay at Everton.
Behind him should be familiar faces in Richarlison on the left and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle.
James Rodriguez is potentially seeking a way out after Ancelotti – the main pull factor in his arrival last summer – returned to Real Madrid.
Everton are thought to be eyeing a new right-winger, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey in the club’s sights.
The 23-year-old would provide a significant threat off the right, but Everton would likely face competition for his services.
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