Everton have already made a big splash in the transfer marker this summer by sealing the £28 million signature of Romelu Lukaku, and the club could be set to make another significant move for Valencia’s Andres Guardado.
Various Mexican sources, as well as ESPN Deportes, have reported that Roberto Martinez is intent on bringing Guardado to Goodison Park, with a potential £5 million price tag quoted for the El Tri winger’s services.
Capable of playing anywhere along the left flank, the 27-year-old has won 108 caps for Mexico since his 2005 debut, impressing during his side’s run to the World Cup’s last-16 in Brazil, having made previous appearances at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
However, while once one of the country’s most highly-rated assets, Guardado has seen his star fade since joining Valencia in 2012 from then-relegated Deportivo La Coruna, spending the second-half of 2013-14 on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, where injury saw his spell cut short.
Informed that he does not feature in the club’s long-term plans, the former Atlas prospect’s preceding five-season spell at Depor, where he scored 23 goals in 134 La Liga games, suggests that he can no doubt perform at the top level in Europe, and a move to Everton could be the kick start needed to get his career back on track.
With the club looking to better 2013-14’s impressive fifth-place Premier League finish, as well as compete in the Europa League, Guardado would prove another coup for Martinez, following on from the club record signing of Lukaku and £4 million acquisition of Bosnia and Herzegovina international Muhamed Besic.
The Toffees have also seen Gareth Barry return from Manchester City on a permanent deal, after last season’s impressive loan spell, while more additions are expected to be announced before the start of the upcoming campaign.
Guardado could well prove one of those potential additions if the latest reports are to be believed and, given Martinez’s recent track record with reclamation projects, one wouldn’t want to bet against him going on to star in the English top-flight.