Arsenal transfer deal set to be derailed by Everton ... again!

FC Basel

After stealing away Kevin Mirallas last summer are Everton ready to do it again?

In the summer two Premier League clubs battled it out for the services of Greek footballs best player in the previous season. Olympiakos forward Kevin Mirallas had decided his time in Greece was over and that it was time to seek pastures new with his career and his ideal destination was England.

Two clubs went in for the bargain Belgian and at the end of the proceedings the favourites to snap him up were left disappointed as the 25-year-old decided his future best lied elsewhere. Mirallas turned down Arsenal and decided to join Everton at Goodison Park instead.

He explained his decision at the time stating:

"Discussions were at quite an advanced stage with Arsenal. [But] I think I had a possibility of playing in more games, for longer periods, with Everton."

Any good feeling he had toward The Gunners obviously fell to the way side when he decided to apply pressure to a Lucozade bottle; squirting the contents into Jack Wilshere’s mush but should Arsenal be worried about losing another major transfer target to The Toffees?

For a while now Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in Austrian centre-back Aleksander Dragovic of FC Basel. The interest was first reported in the 22-year-old talent back in the summer; around the same time Mirallas decided it was the Mersey life for him.

Since then his interest has piqued after impressive displays in the Europa League with AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg also interested; while now it seems Everton may to be keen.

Everton need to add some depth to their centre-back positions. With Sylvain Distin not getting any younger and Jonny Heitinga’s inconsistent displays this season a genuine worry there is a real need to bring in some youthful reinforcements.

Dragovic, like Mirallas, may see a move to Goodison Park more beneficial to his long-term development at this stage of his career. He may feel that he will simply have more chances of first-team football if he is not in potential competition with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen.

For Arsenal it would be an early spring blow to their summer transfer plans as once again a team inferior in the Premier League era manages to snap up a hot talent ahead of Wenger and co.

Where do you think Dragovic will end up?

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