It is the time of year once again when the transfer merry-go-round kicks up into full gear with the ramifications of several deals across the continent reverberating from league to league. Now it seems Everton may pay victim to such talk involving one of Europe’s most wanted players.
Napoli have spent much of their recent time denying rumours that Edinson Cavani will be on his way out of the club this summer but it seems that recently that rhetoric has changed. While Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid have all been strongly linked with his signature it has been reported this week that an agreement could be in place for his transfer to French side Paris Saint-Germain.
The news of the Uruguayan’s apparent Ligue 1 switch is bad for all his interested parties but it also may have a knock on effect for the Merseyside club.
In January Everton tried in vain to add some quality and depth to their current squad in order to fully give their Champions League qualification quest some clout. First of all they went for FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer. After fees were agreed and the transfer looked done it fell through at the last minute due to problems with his medical.
So when deadline day rocked around still no major talents had been brought in to Goodison Park; a fact considered a pre-requisite to keep David Moyes happy at the club ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.
So they instead looked to prey on the financial fragility of Sevilla with a move for Spanish international Alvaro Negredo.
In the end his asking price was too high for Bill Kenwright to sanction and the deal collapsed despite Negredo’s apparent wish to play Premier League football.
Now however it appears he is to become Napoli’s first choice replacement for their reportedly outgoing striking sensation; leaving Everton with a real task trying to convince the 27-year-old, who has also been linked with Swansea City this week, that playing at Goodison Park is the best option for him without any European football to offer a player of such talents; something even the Liberty Stadium outfit can offer him.
If Everton still retain any interest in the former Almeria striker it appears that the time to sign him has now passed as others begin to share that mutual interest; others who unfortunately have more to offer than The Toffees.
Where do you think Negredo will be playing next season?
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